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my father was concerned at the fact that I only have small "sample" packets of seeds (some of them half-used) to plant in the garden this year for things such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, beans, and so on, but little does he know that if you actually add all my seeds up, not by variety, but by individual plant type, I go from having 5 half-used packets to suddenly having 1,200 carrot seeds ready for the planting.

aaaand last night marks the first night I've been able to leave the brassicas out in the cold frame overnight!! one step closer to being able to actually being able to plant them out in the garden :D

what no I totally didn't crop that last pic weird in order to block out the empty sad unplanted part of the garden I have no idea what you're talking about

first pic- radish seedlings!! I think!! I've never grown radishes before or seen them in the process of growing but these spouts are only popping up where I planted the seed mix so I'm very hopeful!

second pic- first alpine strawberry bloom of the year!! I've got like 20 more babies inside to add to these year-old ones but they're going to need more growing time, they're still too baby to be outside.

third pic- my garlic bed!! as far as I can tell they just... didn't go dormant over the winter for some reason? so they're way bigger than they should be right now but I'm hardly complaining!!

other stuff happening in the garden today that I just didn't get pictures of/there was no way to get actually decent looking pics of include me finally planting my potatoes, planting sweet peas, the actual edible peas all deciding to germinate (finally aaa I was getting worried!!), some sprouts that are probably lettuce germinating, the red clover I sowed as a cover crop sending up sprouts everywhere, and sowing a little border of poppy seeds along the back of the fence we have protecting the peas :D

it was 80 degrees outside today and I spent almost all of it outside wearing flip-flops it was wonderful

first pic's the current hardening-off station, since the cold frame went up to 98 degrees without being closed what even. I apparently have many many more brassicas that I thought I had planted?? I thought I had no more than 13 total but I go and count em up and I end with a total of 27. ¯(ツ)

(also still camping out here from a while back are lavender, celery, some mint that will 100% be planted only in pots that leave no possible chance of escape.)

second and third are my lovely little micro toms!! (also starring a dead leaf I need to get rid of oops) they're like 4-5 inches tall, blooming all over the place, and starting to set tiny tomatoes!! I love this variety asdfghjkl they don't make much but they're so cute :D

I have a 50 x 50 ft area in which to indulge my planting desires but at least two of the squash I plan on planting can potentially have 50 ft vines so That's A Problem

the cucumbers and luffas can be trained up a trellis, if I ever manage to cobble together one/several, and maybe the small gourds, but the watermelons? the muskmelons? the other two squash? the big gourds?

actually, no, maybe one of the muskmelons can be trained, the smaller one that's supposed to produce roughly apple-sized melons. but that still leaves me with eight agressive vining plants in a garden that I still need to fit in tomatoes, peppers, beans, strawberries, peanuts, peas, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, corn, like ten different kinds of herbs and/or flowers...

this garden is going to get completely swallowed by vines. I'm calling it now.

this might be the second most unattractive picture I've ever taken but I just cut up my seed potatoes to plant... I think tomorrow?? and wanted to show off the inside color because this is what I wanted this variety for.

they don't really have a lot of eyes on them, so I basically ended up with 10 pieces. so they'll end up taking up 10 feet of the garden- traditionally they're planted in rows, but I kinda highkey wanna plant them in a block (with the proper spacing of course) instead because I enjoy engaging in deviant gardening behavior >:3

they grow!!

cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, rhubarb, asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, basil, artichokes, parsley, snapdragons, canturbury bells, calendula, pansies, st. john's wort, bee balm, feverfew aaaand alpine strawberries all growing on these shelves!

also the apple tree seedling's been moved up a pot size, lemon trees are now in actual containers instead of makeshift ones from water bottles, and the roselle, hollyhocks, peanuts and thyme are absent from these pictures because they're currently battling pests and I'm trying to keep the invasion from spreading.

I've got ~8 & 1/2 active flats going, got my hands on some maybe-dead but maybe-alive bleeding hearts crowns and planted them, and also finally got out into the garden with my early-season seeds and planted several patches of peas, radishes lettuce, spinach, borage, carrots, nasturtiums, a few bachelor's buttons, some chamomile, a little bit of chickweed, and some forget-me-nots! and tossed a lil bit of crimson clover around as an experiment :D

hopefully they'll all come up, some of the seeds are on the older side so, as always, I continue to fret lol. I still need to find a little place to plant my poppy seeds!! I got this really pretty heirloom mix called mother-of-pearl and I really really hope I can get them to germinate!! :D

I'm not going to go overkill on the tomatoes this year, I tell myself

I've learned my lesson, I say, tipping a few more old seeds into the tray just in case

I know how to have restraint now, I declare, completely failing to show any restraint at all by sticking five fresh tomato seeds into one tray segment without a second thought

this year I did try starting all my seeds a bit later than last year just because they got so huge before but honestly, next year I'm starting them all in early january because they're all just. so tiny right now

mmm spider mites seem to be this year's particular curse

I've mostly booted them off the plumeria, but they're all over the lemon trees, the apple tree, the pansies, and the peanuts. all I really think I can do is keep on misting them with neem/soapy water and keeping the plants well-watered until they either go away or kill the plants.

fun fact! apparently 1 lb of potatoes is exactly 5 small potats.

they are very small but they have lots of eyes, so I've got my fingers crossed for enough sprouts to at least end up with 2 or 3 plants per potato!

honestly I love baker creek heirloom seeds for many reasons (high quality seeds, free usa shipping, the fact they've taken the safe seed pledge...) but I just

I gotta ask

what. exactly. were they thinking when they decided that their website should be named rareseeds.com??

how do you look at that name and not instantly go 'ah. this looks like a scam.'

who made that naming choice

who is responsible

my tom thumb peas are forming pods!!

seriously if you only have like a windowsill's worth of space but want to grow something you can eat these tiny babies do so good!! full-sized pods on bitty baby plants and they taste so good raw :D

lina -

since i was talking about this with @crownedwithwisteria...

this is a pic from our teeny tiny greenhouse from last season! this is taken in mid/late april so the tomatoes are around 3 months old and have been outside for a few weeks :)

and also some of our haul from last year under the cut!

crownedwithwisteria -

oh that's such a cool greenhouse!! :D and ohhh all those gorgeous harvest pictures!!


behold this small sample of the absolute madness I willingly inflicted upon myself last year!!

@everythingthatmatters ohhh I wish I had a greenhouse! I'd be unstoppable lol
I actually grow all my plants in my room! it really doesn't look pretty at the moment, but here's a picture of my current set up-

steel shelving from lowes + 9 sets of shoplights + 18 T8 florescent daylight bulbs. whole thing cost... maybe $500-$600? each shelf can hold four trays of plants, so I have a pretty good amount of space!

if I ever got the money together I could set up the bottom shelf to grow plants too- trial and error taught me that 2 lights per shelf just isn't enough to prevent stretching, so three per shelf it is!

when it comes to the varieties, I got my hands on my parent's seed collection to go with mine- plus I got gifted a ton too! I generally try to aim to get 3-5 of each variety, since I expect the pests to claim a few, and some seeds to just not germinate. I like a lot of variety in my garden! and I'm very weak for colorful heirloom tomatoes lol.

which varieties are you growing? I might have a few of the same!

18 out of 32 tomato varieties sown! this is why I banned myself from getting any new tomato seeds this year lol, I fully expect to run completely out of space once everything gets transplanted up a pot size once or twice

however, on a very careful look-through I have come to the conclusion that I don't have anywhere near enough pepper varieties. which is just unacceptable.

there's like a 95% chance I'm just gonna go ahead and start all my tomato and pepper seeds today not gonna lie

first pic is all of my tiny babies that're still under greenhouse conditions- artichokes, hollyhocks, my mini tomatoes, my grandmother's early cherry tomato, st john's wort, snapdragons, thyme, my many kinds of cabbage, broccoli, & cauliflower, my mini peas, and freshly-transplanted rhubarb that's apparently super fussy at being disturbed so it's throwing a fit rn

second pic is 3 of my 6 peanut plants!! I have more seed I'll be direct-seeding once the weather's warmed up for real but since they need 140 days to produce a crop I started a few inside as both a germination test and to have a head start just in case

aaaand lastly my baby apple tree!! started from seed from an heirloom apple (apparently they can produce true from seed? I wouldn't be bothered if it didn't tho more trees is never a bad thing here), a couple months old now and still steadily growing!

I have... so many new babies...

the lil baby sprouts in the first one are artichokes, hollyhocks, st john's wort, snapdragons, a cherry tomato my grandmother wanted me to grow for her early, my mini tomatoes, some mini peas, & all my cabbage, broccoli, & cauliflower plants I'm planning on growing this spring

second one is parsley and pansies!!! parsley on the left, pansies on the right. I got extra triple curled parsley because I think it looks a lot nicer than flatleaf lol

aaaand my grandmother gave me a cutting of one of her houseplants and neither of us know what it's called, but I finally got it to root (I think)!!! now I have to go looking up what you're supposed to do with a water-rooted cutting to get it ready for planting in soil lol

I don't have pictures of them right now, but the asparagus, rhubarb, and roselle babies are all still doing well and growing away!! I also started some peanuts inside as a germination test and they've taken off like crazy. and as for the trees, lemon babies and my sole, lone apple tree are constantly getting bigger!!

@fungus I did!! I wanted to try getting two kinds (apparently if they have like a 30 day gap between their harvest dates you can do two without risk of crossing??) but I restrained myself and just got one kind of sweet corn!

I'll probably try to experiment with a block of sweet corn, runner beans or the calico traveler limas, and maybe the jack be little pumpkins together just for the heck of it? I'm curious to see if they'll grow better that way!

I just. realized that my garden this year is probably going to be 90% vining plants asdfghjkl

4 varieties of pumpkins, 3 kinds of cucumbers, 2 kinds of muskmelons, 2 kinds of watermelons, 3 kinds of gourds (2 of which are actually seed blends so yes I will absolutely be planting the entire packet)...

also sweet peas and scarlet runner beans and snow peas and cowpeas- all vines (or at least, I think so). I specifically bought seeds I knew I've never experienced growing before because I have a problem and that problem is a seed addiction. somehow I failed to take spacing into account.

how many rhubarb seedlings I was going for: anywhere from 3-5, just enough to make a small row that wouldn't take up too much space in the garden

how many rhubarb seedlings I have: 11

I found my fairy-garden seeds!! I thought I had used them all up, but apparently not!!

btw if you have like, no space to grow stuff but for like a single sunny windowsill I highly recommend these varieties because they're super tiny and you can grow them in small terra-cotta pots and they taste delicious. the minibel tomatoes do need a little bigger pot to thrive (like a 5-6 inch pot? I don't know how these things are measured really I used a 5" deep one) but they're so worth it.

aaaand batch two!!

first- I have 3 asparagus ferns and they are absolute hell to try and photograph oh my god. also lil peek of a roselle leaf (I've got 2 sprouts now!), the spider plants (which desperately need transplanting) and a mystery houseplant cutting in the red cup given to me by my grandmother!!

second- rhubarb!! only got 2 at the moment, I'm hoping for at least one more. as with everything else I ever grow, they're a heirloom variety- victoria rhubarb, to be exact.

third- my spikey sons are getting so big!!!!, the biggest boys are all in the dish, I've moved all the little ones to different pots in hopes of giving them a bit more room to try and bulk out. I'm so proud of my sons!!!