It’s been bleak and dreary for a few days now with no chance of letting up. We are loving it! Yes, sunshine is nice, but we really need this rain to help things start to emerge, grow and be ready for more planting. It also makes for great fun as new spring plants keep emerging literally right before our eyes. We said the same about all the snow we had this winter–while it’ll be nice when it’s gone, the long and slow melt is prepping us for a beautiful showcase of spring.
Knowing that the rain was on the way, we took the opportunity to gather and start a good portion of our plants. We made several stops along the way, but the two most productive pit stops were the Farmers Seed and Supply Co. in Lynchburg, and then our trusty Lowe’s. Between the two places we were able to pick up 5 different tomato seeds, a variety pack of sweet peppers, Maestro and Early Alaska peas, October bush beans, Early Sunglow and Silver queen corn, and the supplies to start the tomatoes and peppers in side.
When we returned to the homestead, we were able to get all of the tomatoes and peppers (Early and Often, Big Boy, Roma, Jubilee, and Yellow Pear tomatoes, a mixed sweet pepper variety pack for the peppers) seeds planted, prepped and covered in plastic wrap (we opted not to go with the fancy start kit this year, so it’s a JLG creation we’re working with!). I also got back out into the garden in between rain bursts and planted a row of the Early Alaska and a row of Maestro. We’re hoping to go back and plant more peas every 10-14 days or so to extend the season, and I’m planning on hoarding a handful of each to try our hand and sowing a row or two in late August. Thank you to Farmers Seed and Supply for having the pounder bags at a very reasonable price!
Things will start to pick up, I’m sure, as we get more of this rain and the temperatures remain steady in the mid 50s to 60s. Next on our list–starting to cull more seeds to plant, clearing out left over seeds from years past in a container on the patio, and keeping Little Miss Nosy Lucy out of all of it!