Filling up the Cold Frame

After our weekly trip to WW, we ventured down to our Fabulous Farmer, Seed and Supply Store and picked up seeds to start.  I can’t believe it’s only February 26th and we’re starting seeds, but the weather has been beautiful and it looks like it will continue to be as such for the foreseeable future.  We’ll certainly take it!

We filled up the fabulous cold frame with our reusable seed starting containers we inherited from my family, and filled them up with potting soil.  After that we put in several varieties of tomatoes (Rutgers, Jubilee, Roma and Yellow Pear), a few jalapenos, basil and petunias into about 24 pots.  So here’s to starting early and fingers crossed for a FABULOUS yield!

Date Weekend

The weekend is almost here, and I am ready for it!  I think I’ve convinced JGL to take me out for coffee and a preliminary seed run over at Farmer’s Seed and Supply.  And guess what?  FS&S has a blog I found today--I’m incredibly excited to scope out when things are going to be in the store and such!

After being cooped up here sick for a week, and after feeling a bit cooped up at work, this weekend is going to be all about getting out and about–bring it, Friday!

If I hadn’t been sick this weekend…

If I hadn’t been sick this weekend, I would have made JGL take me down the the White Hart Cafe, and then go browse the Lynchburg Farmer’s and Seed and Supply, Co.  If I hadn’t been sick, I may have even considered twisting some arms and getting hothouses built and maybe, just maybe would have gotten the seeds started.  And if I hadn’t been sick, today would have been the perfect day to trim up that gangly rose bush.

Good thing there’s always next weekend, right?  Right!

Here comes the rain

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!