Garden Daybook 3/5/12

The stormy March has come at last,
With winds and clouds and changing skies;
I hear the rushing of the blast,
That through the snowy valley flies.

William Cullen Bryant

Boy, ain’t that the truth!

We had 5 1/2 inches of snow overnight and the snow is still falling. Yikes! The good new is that tomorrows weather forecast is partly sunny and 52 degrees. What ridiculousness! Yoyo weather! Mother Nature is taunting us. Snow Mud Snow Mud Snow Mud AAAraugh! I admit that, even though it looked like winter, it felt like spring. I went outside to take pictures without a coat and was comfortable. The sun was shining and everything was so beautiful.

Instead of bowing to the weather I started my tomato seeds. I filled my I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter containers (collected by Aunt Mema – Mary Ann’s Mom), with damp soilless medium, seeded 18 different kinds of tomatoes, and put them all into my styrofoam bottom heat boxes. Each box is built to hold one flat and has a 15 watt bulb in the bottom and a plastic dome on top to keep the warmth and moisture in. I know different tomatoes ( I will ultimately plant several of each) may seem like a lot, but I normally grow 40 – 50 different kinds so I consider this a bare bones tomato garden. I started seeds for: Brandywine, Royal Hillbilly, Ananas Noir (aka Black Pineapple), Marglobe, Rutgers, Delicious, Bonnie Best, Copia, Djena Lee’s Golden Girl, Virginia Sweets, San Marzano, Principe Borghese, Amish Paste, Gold Nugget, Black Cherry, Sun Sugar, Sun Gold, Yellow Pear. I guess you could call this years picks a list of my all time favorites – sort of a “gotta have” list of tomatoes.

Hey from the farm, Fran, The Country Cousin

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