Friday, February 24, 2012


It's been nearly a week since I posted anything on the blog but not because there hasn't been anything to post about; I've been busy in the garden and my Dad is here for a visit so I just haven't taken the time to sit down and show you what we have growing on.

I'm up to my eyeballs in seedlings right now and may be taking a bit of a risk with some of them because I've got some early warm season stuff going before the actual warm season is guaranteed to hit. The average temperature in March is only 66 degrees which is too cool for tomatoes to really thrive but not by much and with record highs in March of 93 degrees, it's really anyone's guess what will happen. The worst thing that will happen is my plants will grow very slowly until the temps warm up. I'm okay with that. One of the great things about gardening in San Diego is we had productive tomatoes all the way through December and we're able to get a head start on the rest of the country by starting more in February.

I planted these tomato seeds on January 16
It's been about 5 weeks and some of them are already ready to transplant. Once they have their first set of true leaves they are ready.

This handy butter knife never did much for me in the kitchen but it works great for sliding my seedlings out.

As much as possible, I try to bury the initial leaves in the soil. Tomatoes like to be planted deeply.
I transplanted many of them into larger pots so they can get bigger before we take them to sell at the market.
The greenhouse on the roof is working well for us. It gets consistent sun throughout the day so the seedlings are not leaning towards the sun and I close it up tight at night so it stays warm enough for good root development.

I took some of the other seedlings and planted them in large pots  for our garden.
They would all be just fine if SOMEONE didn't trample one.
"Why you lookin' at me?"

We started some other warmer season plants least week, these are zucchini and cucumbers.

I have more broccoli than I can plant so I hope someone will buy these plants tomorrow. 

Yesterday we put in some eggplant and more zucchini seeds. 
I'll be back later this afternoon with the market harvest post. Have a great Friday!

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