Mar 30, 2009

Tomato Choices 2009

I have been having some trouble sleeping lately. I don't know exactly what it is, but I find myself getting drowsy at a normal hour, but as soon as I try to fall asleep, I start getting uncomfortable and restless. Now, I am sure you are scratching your head and wondering exactly when I went around the bend, being that this is a Tomato posting..... and what exactly does my lack of sleep have to do with tomatoes. Well it has a whole lot to do with tomatoes. You see....I use my variety of planted tomatoes the way other people use counting sheep. I lay still and envision all the different varieties the way they will be when early August rolls around. The only problem with that method of lulla-bying is that occasionally I get such a craving for a garden tomato that I end up more awake than asleep....but that is just the chance I have to take.

Now, putting all sleep problems aside, I finally finished potting up my tomato seedlings today. Ahh, what an intense feeling of satisfaction. So now the time has come around again to introduce the varieties that made the cut.

Tomatoes 2009:

Mr. Brown's
Brown's Jubilee
Alyx Little Sun
Primrose Gage
Orange Strawberry
Black Krim
San Marzano
Green Grape
Red Grape(from seed of a tomato I took home from a Bertucci's Restaurant 2 years ago)

Other Veggies:
Eggplant 'Black Beauty'
Tomatillo 'Mexican'
Tomatillo (wild Spanish type)
Artichoke 'Romanesco'
Pepper 'Habanero White'
Pepper 'Poblano Meek and Mild'
Pepper 'Lemon Drop'
Pepper 'Sweet Banana'
Pepper 'Sweet Cherry'
Pepper 'Cubanelle'
Basil 'Sweet Green'
Basil 'Lemon'
Basil 'Lime'

There are some other seeds that I have sown that either haven't germinated(and I am afraid they never will) or that I am trying to germinate using the Winter Sowing method. Once I see that there has been some germinating, I will post again about them. I also am going to hold back on the tomato variety descriptions until they actually make it into the garden. I have had failures in the past between germination and hardening off, so I don't want to jinx things.

These are the hopefuls for the 2009 season. I will update as things progress and then finish up with a Tomatoes on Parade 2009 ...of course that is a long , long way away.

So, what is everyone growing in their garden this season??

Mar 20, 2009

Spring has Sprung!!!

WoooHooo it has finally come again! Spring...glorious Spring!! My crocus(crocuses...croci....?!?!?!) are starting to bloom, my Rhubarb is poking upwards and the daffodilly's are budding up. And the snow is flying can this be!?!?!?!Yup, snow...thank garden it was just flurries and didn't stick, but man....what a way to put the damper on the Vernal Equinox festivities.
All in all, and snow showers aside, the Earth around Southern New England waking up again. Slowly to be sure, but slow wakening is a mighty fine thing after a snowy, sleety cold Winter....brrrr....

Now I am off to pot up my Tomato sprouts, truthfully I was a little worried that this day wouldn't come this season. However, since my little seeds have decided to co-operate after all, the next blog will be my 'Tomato Choices 2009'

For now I bid you.....


Mar 9, 2009

The Great Taro Experiment

As I mentioned in the previous posting, my seed/storage room....also known as the junk room....stayed much colder this past Winter than it has in previous seasons. I don't know if it had anything to do with the fact that this Winter seemed to stay consistently colder for longer stretches of time, or if the radiator in there is not as trusty as it was in it's prime. But whatever the cause, the Taro did not like the climate.

Now that the days are getting longer , and the mercury is creeping up...well occasionally creeping up....the Taro has come slightly out of it's slump and looks like it will hang on long enough for the last frost date in mid May and a place out in the Sun. Ahhhhh the glorious Sun....just thinking about it makes me giggle like a nutcase!

So, I wont declare the Great Taro Experiment a success yet, as I have a long road ahead of me before a corm will be ready for harvest, and Taro Chips fried. Of course, the real measure of success for me is if I have a huli to plant for my next years corm to grow from. The Huli is the top inch of the corm with its foliage removed. This is then re-planted, and grows the new corm, develops new leaves, and another batch of Taro chips... uh um.... I mean another corm and plant continues. For now I am keeping my fingers crossed that there are Taro chips somewhere in my future.That makes me giggle like a nutcase as well.

Did I mention anywhere that I really like Taro Chips???

Mar 4, 2009

It's Been a Long Winter

I really have neglected this blog throughout the Winter. I know I did, I knew it when I was doing it, and yet.....I couldn't seem to stop myself. Or more correctly, start myself. As in start myself blogging about summery things, when all around me, snow, sleet and ice seemed to hold onto every bit of anything it could.

Well so far nothing has changed, it seemed like it had, but as of Monday another 8-9 inches of snow decided to take up residency in my veggie garden. Oh well...what can you do. At least I have been able to concentrate on categorizing my seeds.

I do intend to update on my seed happenings, but because of a slow start to germination this year, I am holding off on my "Seed Starting Time '09 ' posting because I am not entirely sure that those seeds that I have sown are going to survive. It has been colder than I anticipated in my seed room, and the seed starter I used soaked up way more water that it has in previous seasons and it refuses to dry(need to check to see if the manufacturer changed anything). I have spyed a few sprouts here and there, and I promise to update, with a list of whose growing this season as soon as things stabilise a bit.

I also failed to update on my great Taro experiment....and that is partly due to my lazy attitude this Winter, but mostly due to the fact that the Taro looked like a goner up until last week. I will try to get a good picture of it this weekend. I will even post a picture of it's not so pretty mostly dead looking side.

At any rate, here's to pretending Spring is around the bend!!