May 13, 2010

Tomato Disaster...Again

I just went outside this morning to find half of the tomato babies that I was hardening off, mostly dead....and the other half looking like Crap with a capitol 'C'. This freakin' weather is just ticking me off. Of course the weather did it to me last season too....and something else go them the season before, and the season before that I cooked them. I am just not destined to grow tomatoes from seed.

Funny thing eggplants and peppers look fine, it is just the tomatoes. I think they have it out for me and my peace of mind......

I vow to plant fewer tomato seedlings next season so I can bring them in and out of the house easier, and wont be tempted to just leave them out.....and if that doesn't keep me from killing them, then I am putting my tomato seed collection up for adoption! Case Closed!

May 12, 2010

Seed Season

I put in beets and carrots this week. I promised myself to sow the carrots carefully as to avoid having to sit in the garden for hours thinning. But of course not. Once I started putting out those tiny seeds I lost all control of my sanity. So in a few weeks you will find me sitting out in my garden for hours thinning the carrots. Oh well , what is a gardening girl to do. 

On an aside, my tomato and pepper and eggplant seedlings have taken a beating being outside these passed few days. I brought them in for the chilliest and windiest of those days. But as of last night  I have decided to issue forth tough love with them. I know that farmers who grow thousands of seedlings aren't schlepping in those babies every night, once out they stay out(protected from frost of course). And so shall it be with my parade of plants. Now to keep my fingers crossed that the weather warms a bit and stays that way so I can just get these guys into the ground this weekend(provided I can keep them alive til then). Once in the ground they usually become happier campers.

May 7, 2010

Summer is in the Air

Summer is in the Air least in my kitchen it is.


If you love Tomatoes this is what the  kitchen looks like on a windy Spring night, when the gusts are so that they may (or may not) blow those precious tomato babies for a loop!!


And this is what your kitchen looks like when you are a total Tomato-head and notice that the above mentioned tomato babies are looking a little tall for their cups, and it is already 9:25 pm  but you just need to get them comfy.

May 5, 2010

The Seedlings Have Left the Building!

Today is the BIG day. All of my seedlings are now outside in heavily dappled shade. Let me go see if I can get my camera to work so you all can see the baby pictures. It seems like yesterday they were just poking their tiny cotyledons out of the soil...and now they are flopping all over the place.

*Note to self- Plant them a week later next season* 

Now comes a few scary days while I start the delicate hardening off procedure. I have screwed this part up in a major way in the past. So everyone keep their fingers crossed, I know I will. So far I have been out 3 times to make sure they are all still in the shade, and no one is in need of water or straightening or encouraging words. Tomorrow will be a little easier...and by Friday I will begin to breathe again.

As an aside-It occurred to me while I was out in the driveway taking that shot....I have way too many tomato seedlings. I counted them(and have already forgotten the exact number while sending the picture here....sheesh) and the total of seedlings is either 117 or 127....and either way, I need only 30 plants. Amazing , I need 30...out of over 100...someone needs to reign me in here. Next year I vow to have more confidence in my ability to keep my babies alive until plant out. On my honor I will only pot up 4 - 6 seedlings per variety. That will still be somewhere around 60 plants, but damn, that is way less stress than trying to keep 120 plants alive for 2 months....and I know I know, I only grew that many so that if I made a mistake somewhere along the line there would still be plenty to choose from, but I love each and every one of them. Then if you factor in my Hot Peppers, Sweet Peppers and Eggplants, that is a butt load of seedlings. Next year there will be NO MORE than 100 plants TOTAL.....make sure someone reminds me that next year ......