On these winter days we're also dreaming of the garden. We put up our greenhouse in the fall, but heavy winds warped it slightly. We also failed to properly grade the area on which it sits (we placed it strategically right in the middle of the river that flows past the house during heavy rain). Now the ground is frozen and the door won't open, so that's pretty useful. We are always learning.
Back to dreaming of the garden and having an abundance of peppers for eating, freezing, canning, and roasting. Peppers, we have learned, take a LONG time to germinate and grow. For many years we've ended up buying pepper plants from the nursery because by the time ours are big enough to produce fruit, the season is about over. Or the one fruit that does grow on the tiny plant is actually larger than the plant and ends up sitting on the ground, pulling the rest of the plant with it. Well, this year we were determined to get it right, ourselves. So the first weekend in February we planted our pepper seeds along with some other cool season veggies for early spring. We usually like to plant according to the moon phases, but in our haste, we ignored that this time. We'll see how that effects things. We like to plant with the moon for shits and grins.
Here is a simple explanation on how to plant with the moon.
Here is another site that is a little more involved.
And here is a link to the Farmers Almanac's take.
|seeds are safe|
A couple of the seeds have sprouted so we took them out of their safety net, and moved them to a temporary safe spot with plenty of light. It's been 18 days since the first seeds went in right around 2 weeks since the seed replacements have gone in the soil. It always feels like it takes forever for those seeds to sprout, but we're looking good. Pretty much everything should be sprouted by next Friday. Fingers are crossed!
|sprouted seedlings in safe location to get sun|