Spring struck Wisconsin early this year and I've been taking advantage of the nice weather. That's part of why you guys haven't seen me in a while! I've been spending a lot of time gardening, mostly from seed. This has been somewhat tedious, but so far worthwhile. The tediousness came in with checking my seeds that were sandwiched between damp paper towels every day for weeks. The worthwhile part came in when the seeds actually grew!
I have a new book to help me with the vegetables I'm growing. As luck would have it, I found an old Barnes & Noble gift card from 2003. It fell out of this book when I opened it:
I've read through this book multiple times since 2003, but never noticed the old gift card. This may have been because the gift card was in an envelope. I was happy to find out that this ancient gift card was still good! I used it to pay for Growing Vegetables by Kim Rowney.
The gift card also paid for The Body Snatcher and Other Classic Ghost Stories.
I went into Barnes & Noble hoping to find another book of ghost stories! This book seemed an appropriate choice, given where I found the gift card. I haven't read any of these stories yet, but how could I resist that cover?
The veggie book is so detailed and I really recommend it to anyone with a garden of their own. This book would be helpful, whether you're working with one pot of plants, or a whole box garden.
I'm about to show you some of the vegetables I've been growing from seed. It turns out that I've been growing plants that belong to The Deadly Nightshade family! Sounds spooky, right? Get ready...
These little guys are the starts of my Yellow Pear Tomatoes. Yeah, that's right. Tomatoes belong to The Deadly Nightshade Family of plants! Who knew they were so Goth?
Here's the fuzzy stem of my Jung's Improved Wayahead Tomato.
This is the start of my red pepper plant, which is also in The Deadly Nightshade Family. I've grown many of these, as well as orange peppers, from the seeds of an actual pepper from the grocery store. It's amazing how many vegetables can be grown from the seeds of what we buy at the store!
If you're wondering why my little veggies are in newspaper pots, it's because I was testing how strong the seedlings were, after removing them from the damp paper towels. If you're interested in learning how to make these temporary pots, here's a really helpful tutorial:
It takes a little practice to get into the groove of newspaper pot making, but you'll find this super easy once you're used to it. By the way, you don't have to mold the newspaper around a jar. I used a juice glass and it worked fine.
One more source I want to share is: growingyourgreens.com
The guy who makes these videos is so enthusiastic about plants and offers lots of great advice to gardeners!
Maybe if I pay extra close attention to his videos and really read my new book, I can grow veggies as big as these:
Not to mention the cartoon version!
Yeah, that song will be in my head for a while...