I spent part of the yesterday morning banging together my rickety old shelf unit that I use for putting my seed flats on. The rest of the morning and part of the afternoon I spent filling my trays with soil and then finally seeding them in. I had quite a number of seeds that had come as part of an Italian seed kit. I don't even know if they will germinate but am willing to give them a go.
I, very briefly, panicked when I thought I had absolutely no tomato seeds. Luck would have it that I had two types of seed that I very happily discovered inside another bag! What a relief! I know I could just jump into my van and zip over to one of the local greenhouses and pick some up. The problem is that most of what I plant are heritage seeds and they only carry a very small variety - none of which I grow. So, you can understand why my heart sank for a few moments.
What did I plant? Well, let me see... There are some gigante di napoli parsley, some romas, Genovese basil, ramata di milano onions (I've never started onions from seed before - should be interesting.), Chinese cabbage,Striato d'italia zucchini, Violetta Lunga 2 eggplants, ramoso clabrese broccoli, yellow, green and red peppers, acorn squash, Cuor di bue tomatoes, Listada de gandia eggplant, long purple eggplant, black beauty eggplant, wild grape seeds, and a hot paper lantern pepper - a haberno type of pepper. I still would like to start a couple other varieties of tomatoes as we really like the black ones and a small red one called princepe borghese -which is a medium-sized cherry tomato that is not sweet and incredibly prolific and delicious! Hopefully I won't get them too late to plant...
Once everything comes up and it warms up outside (ha!) I will set up my small greenhouse (my daughter got for me one Mother's Day!) on the deck so they can get a nice jump on the season. I am not going to hold my breath about the warming up part as we still have a good three feet of snow out there and it isn't going anywhere fast!! Melting is just a word at this point - it was -13Celsius last night and still well under zero. Tonight is supposed to be the same. It is supposed to be over zero by the end of the week but I've heard this rumour before! lol
Last night was Earth Hour. We invited friends over and shared some lovely raspberry/saskatoon wine and tea wine. I had made some foccoccia earlier (we hadn't eaten supper), and had that as well as some smoked fish and smoked cheese. It was all very relaxing by candlelight. We were quite shocked later when we turned on a low watt light to look at some pictures how glaring the electric light appeared and how blinded we were by the difference!
I was going to post a couple pictures but they will have to wait - I crashed my computer this afternoon and am reloading a few necessary items back into it...lol
Have a good one!