Friday, February 19, 2010

Prepping for Spring

The weather is still cool, but I am so getting the itch to start planting!!  Here's the plan for Spring...


We still have some fall planted tomatoes that made it through this horrible winter (with some tender loving care).  Seems like the Roma's and cherries we planted were pretty cold resistant.  Believe it or not, they are actually flowering in 40 degree weather!!  We have also started some seedlings.  We'll be doing all potted tomatoes this spring, so to feed a family of five tomato eating freaks and have still have a few left for sauces,  we are planning on 10-15 plants.

Bell Peppers, Black-Eyed Peas, Eggplant:
These will also be potted and we have started their seedlings.  It'll have to warm up a hair to transplant these...hopefully in a few weeks.  The plan is 3-4 eggplant plants, 3-4 bell pepper plants and 2 large pots of peas (5-6 plants per pot).

Squash, Broccolli, Cauliflower, Cucumbers:

We've made some space for these to fill in to the landscaping in the front yard so they can be planted in the ground.  We usually do cucumbers in pots, but I'm curious to see what they will do in the ground.  3-4 summer squash plants will be more than enough if we hand pollinate, 6-7 cucumber plants (they blend so well in the landscape that we can have quite few).  There are a few broccoli and cauliflower that made it through the winter also.  We'll keep starting seeds and try to stagger the planting of broccoli/cauliflower so we have them maturing for harvest at different times.  I found a seed that is supposedly heat resistant, so we will see how long into the summer they last.

Lettuce, Spinach, Greens:

We'll spread another round of lettuce seeds in the raised bed this weekend to fill in the plants we lose over the winter.  Same goes for the spinach, even though it didn't do too well in the fall...we'll see.  Greens are still thriving from the fall.  We have a minor problem with aphids though.  I'm going to try the ladybug trick and see how that works...keep you posted on the outcome.

I have some pumpkin seeds that a friend gave me that supposedly like to vine up, so I'm hoping I can train just one plant up the lamp post...this is a big "we'll see".   I think I'll plant those seeds directly in the ground this weekend also. much to do...can't wait!!!  If you are wanting to plant any of these vegetables in the spring its not too late to start seedlings now.

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