Early spring rounds

This post is Part 10 of 24 in Stories: Starting seeds


A gray and gloomy, windy day…but WARM. Well, fairly above freezing for the most part, and with a little rain, yesterday’s speeded-up melting continued. But we’re still a ways off from actually doing any work in the field. So, another pretty laid-back day. Lynn came by for her weekly installment of tiny farming. Out in the greenhouse, moving tables around and some hand-watering (those barrels of snow water are coming in handy!). In the Milkhouse, more seed starting: 400 more tomatoes, and a tray of leeks (a little late for this batch, but still better than direct-seeding). For her very first time starting seedlings, Lynn seeded 19 varieties into a 200-cell plug tray (10 each, 20 of one). Clearly, I trust her…accuracy. Working in the tiny cells, changing seed every row, and keeping track of names requires a bit of concentration. A little wandering attention, and who knows what tomatoes would be growing where… Living on the edge! :)


3 thoughts on “Early spring rounds”

  1. i recently had interest in gardening so i started with simple tomatoes. out of several dozen seedlings, only 2 survived. and after 2 months of waiting 1 plant has 3 fruits.

    is it really worth waiting for 2 months for 3 tomatoes?

    i have spent $1 for soil, $1 for fertilizer and the 3 tomatoes would caist 1 cent each at the groceries…

  2. I think it’s worth it considering the varities and quality you can get by growing it yourself. I tried to plant tomatoes for the first time this year and haven’t had any success but being a newbie I know I will learn and get better. In the meantime my bean plants make me feel good because they are doing great.

  3. jim: Well, it’s probably worth trying again. Talk to someone who grows near you, do a little research. It’s fun when you succeed. Nothing beats eating food you grew yourself!! And you never know when you may have to do some of your own growing… ;)


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