Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Spring, SPRING!! Can you believe it?

Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 4:21 PM
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  • I am curious if you labeled them all and if so how you did it.......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Mar 21, 2019, at 8:31 AM
  • As a matter of fact, I DID! I'm kind of pleased with myself. :-) I use old plastic blinds as plant markers. They rarely last outside unless I use a "paint" pen. Even then it is not fail-safe.

    But these are inside for now so I cut the blinds into 2" pieces, then cut the 2" piece into three slices. I then used a list I typed up and numbered to match with the number I put on the marker. They are thin because they are fitting into peat pots about 2.5" in diameter.

    My friend is organized and had them in alphabetical order so there was a double-check system in play for the normal thing I do, get distracted.

    I put the list in Word then transferred to my phone so I can check it any time I walk by to see who wins the sprouting race. I rotate the two flats I have them in so the sun is distributed somewhat equally as well as having them tilted for the low track the Sun is taking right now.

    Both have sheets of clear plastic to hold in warmth and moisture. As you know, peat pots can dry out quickly.

    Whenever the day looks like it will be 60 or more, (after they sprout)I will move then outside for more intense sun. I really want to keep them from getting too leggy since they have a month or more to go before being planted outside.

    I'll remove the plastic covers since too much of a good thing will cook them before their time. That also means watering them more to account for more sunshine and wind.

    Here is the list of those planted. I also have a Beefsteak and Rutgers planted previously that have already broken the surface. Now for the peppers and beyond!!!!!

    1. African Queen

    2. Amish Paste

    3. Ananas Noire

    4. Arkansas Traveler

    5. Aunt Ginny’s Purple

    6. Azoychka

    7. Beauty

    8. Berkeley Tie Dye Green

    9. Big Rainbow

    10. Black Cherry (2)

    11. Black Brandywine (True)

    12. Black Elephant

    13. Black Ethiopian

    14. Black Krim

    15. Black Pear

    16. Black Prince

    17. Black Sea Man

    18. Blondkophchen

    19. Blue Beauty

    20. Blue Berries

    21. Blue Gold Berries

    22. Blue Ridge Mountain

    23. Blush

    24. Bobbie

    25. Brad’s Black Heart

    26. Carbon

    27. Carmello

    28. Cherokee Chocolate

    29. Chocolate Stripes

    30. Chile Verde

    31. Cindy’s West Virginia

    32. Clint Eastwood’s Rowdy

    33. Cosmonaut Volkov Red

    34. Couilles de I aureau (aka Blue Balls)

    35. Cream Sausage

    36. Delicious

    37. Depp’s Pink Firefly

    38. German Red Strawberry

    39. Gigantesque

    40. Green Grape

    41. Gold Medal (low acid)

    42. Green Zebra

    43. Henderson’s Pink Ponderosa

    44. Indigo Apple

    45. Indigo Rose

    46. Japanese Black Triffle (Vine)

    47. Kentucky Beefsteak

    48. Large Barred Boar

    49. Lucky Tiger

    50. Malakhitovaya Shatulka (olive green)

    51. Michael Pollen

    52. Marizol Red

    53. Mortgage Lifter (Radio CharlieOs)

    54. Monomakh’s Hat

    55. Mr. Brown

    56. Pierce’s Pride

    57. Pink Berkely Tie Dye

    58. Pink Brandywine

    59. Pride of Flanders

    60. Purple Bumble Bee

    61. Riesentraube (Cherry)

    62. Striped Roman

    63. Spear’s Tennessee Green

    64. Southern Nights

    65. Stupice

    66. Gold Select II

    67. Sweet Olive (grape tomato)

    68. Tess’s Land Race Currant

    69. Thai Pink Egg

    70. Tonadose des Conores

    71. Wagner Blue Green

    72. Vorlon

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 21, 2019, at 9:47 AM
  • Wow....It looks like you are organized too......

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Mar 21, 2019, at 3:04 PM
  • NO tomato winners yet (except for the original two I planted) but I have zucchini, feverfew, stinging nettle, St John's Wort, Valerian and yellow squash. Think I see a white bitter melon breaking as well, but sure yet.

    Re-tilled the main garden again before the forecast rain tomorrow. Much of my organic matter has disappeared over the two years I let the garden be fallow. Actually, I just did not feel like gardening but I will say it was on purpose. :-)

    I am in dire need of horse or goat manure but don't think I can handle the physical aspect of gathering it. If I find a source maybe I will just get enough to feed the plants or rows and not worry about spreading it on the whole garden.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 23, 2019, at 8:39 PM
  • By the way, I may have mentioned it in another blog post but a guardian angel helped me load my 16’ trailer and truck with prized horse manure. Wore me out to spread it but that took care of about half the garden. Thanks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 16, 2019, at 10:15 PM
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