i direct-seeded part of my garden on sunday: one row each of beets, radishes, snow peas, sugar snap peas, lettuce, spinach and kale. we’ll see how they do...the weather in boise is so unpredictable in spring.
somehow a tomato seed made its way into the basket. i don’t know what variety it is and i don’t understand how it happened, because tomato seeds look nothing like lettuce seeds and i feel certain i would have noticed it when i was planting.
i’m trying to use entirely repurposed materials for sprouting seeds this year. all my tomato seedlings are in toilet paper rolls, most other seedlings are in plastic soygurt cups, and i set them in empty plastic and cardboard boxes to germinate. all of it would’ve been recycled otherwise, and most of it still can be after i’m done. the south-facing windowsills at my house are getting pretty full.
it was a weird coincidence, my friend andrea was telling me about these plastic apple containers from costco she’d used to start peppers and tomatoes last year, and it just so happens i’m using the same container to grow salad greens. it’s a sealing plastic palette-type thing that’s molded to hold 14 gala apples, but the molds form perfect planter cups and mini greenhouse domes:
andrea and i had a long, long discussion about gardening yesterday, and i think it left us both pretty fucking giddy about this summer. she grew a fabulous garden last year, but unfortunately she was forced to move a couple weeks ago and her new place has a shared yard. last year her kale went insane. she planted way too many, they grew enormous and wouldn’t die; they even started sprouting out of their stumps this spring. i hope my kale flourishes like that but i doubt it will.
this weekend is the 14th annual garden show at the grove AND a huge flea market at the fairgrounds. last year at the garden show i got some bulbs, an orchid and a praying mantis egg sack (ootheca). unfortunately the ootheca was eaten by birds before it hatched. i’ll get another one this year and probably hatch it inside, or put it outside in a very safe and secured location.