Garden Planning and Progress

Hey hey hey! Seed starting is underway! 🙂

3/23 I planted tomatoes (3 varieties) , cukes, broccoli, melons(!), okra, bell peppers, oregano, basil, anise hyssop, and coleus.

They are on heating mats in the hoophouse, and I’ve been covering them with an additional sheet of light plastic overnight. Most of the seed packages indicated germination times of at least 7 days, so I didn’t expect to see any activity this soon, but check it out-

okra, cukes and melons popping
oregano and broccoli
and even some precocious little tomatoes!

That has me really excited. I’ve decided that I’ll be growing my two types of indeterminate tomatoes (Brad’s Atomic Grape, and HoneyComb hybrid) vertically, using these cool clips that I learned about on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBDqskBk3lQ method demo starts at 7:37)

clip on twine like so-

I’ve got one determinate variety (Principe Borghese, a roma type) and those will probably go in cages, but not sure yet. (Kind of nervous about having wire tomato cages in proximity to hoophouse plastic…..)

The Man got me a big ole bag of clips, so I think I’m going to try the same method with cucumbers and melons (with nylon slings to support melon fruits). In this way, I’ll be able to make the most of the square footage of the soil space in the hoophouse, and hopefully underplant the trellised things with herbs and flowers.

And here are those feed bags I mentioned last week, newly planted with French fingerling and Yukon Gold potatoes.

Feels good to see the plan coming together.

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