Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gardening Season 2012 Starts Today!

Tonight Kelsi and I started our first seed trays of the year.
We planted 4 open flats of onions. 
Gladstone- Long day white onion.
Newburg- Yellow onion with sweet white flesh.
Stuttgarter- Yellow onion, known for keeping all winter.
Violet De Galmi- Bright pink/purple onion which also keeps well.
We also started our peppers and eggplants. We decided to start them earlier this year than we did last year. We usually start them around March 1, but they have been pretty small still by the time we have the plant sale. So, we are trying an extra month earlier this year to see what happens. 
We are growing more varieties this year.
Black Beauty Eggplant
Long Purple Eggplant
Corno Di Toro Sweet Pepper
Cal Wonder Orange Bell Pepper- Awesome producer! Grew last year, fantastic flavor
Pepper Quadrato d'Asti Rosso-  Italian Red Pepper known for it's massive size.
White Habanero Pepper
Pizza Pepper- Mild Jalapeño 
Mirasol- Hot Pepper

We also bought a two flat seed warmer and thermostat to help the peppers and eggplants germinate a little better that last year. Haven't used a warming mat before so we are hoping for the best.

Thanks for reading!

3 comments:

Mr. H. said...

Looks like you have been busy, I am hoping to get our celery and onions started sometime this week as well. I have never tried one of those seed mats and look forward to hearing what you think of it.

Poppy said...

Isn't this one of of the most exciting times of the year? I started my tomatoes and peppers several weeks ago and am anxious to put the rest of it into the ground!

I do hope you'll post your progress for us!

Have a great evening!

Mike said...

Mr. H- I am definitely going to be posting updates about the warmer mat! So far it is working really well. The thermostat is really worth the extra money.

Poppy- Thanks for the comment, if you don't already know gardening is one of our favorite things to talk about. So there will be plenty more updates the next few weeks.