|This is the top of my golden ticket. I think I'll have to take pictures of it in the daylight, so I can get it to be sharper. If you click on the pictures, you should be able to see them full size, if you're curious.|
Last year I used the free Mother Earth News vegetable garden planner trial to plan my garden. It was wonderful. I plotted out my garden on virtual graph paper, but best of all was the golden ticket it gave me to my garden. This was the planting guide it helped me generate. I simply told it which zone we're in and listed the plants I was growing, and it told me when to start everything, both indoors and outdoors. This gardening season, I was planning on it to get my garden going, but I couldn't find it anywhere.
Apparently I didn't look hard enough. It was in my little drawer with all of my seeds...at the bottom, neatly folded up in its crinkled little ripped self. It was like striking gold for my garden. This is because I have a brain like a sieve for dates and numbers. I do not remember anything except by landmarks, and numbers are not landmarks for me. I really needed this, because, as I mentor my brother in his gardening this year, I am encountering some large garden failures already! My red onion starts are acting weird...they grew fine, then began to shrivel, as if I had watered them too much or too little, though the soil was always the same.
|The happier onion starts|
|My tomatoes before the day of doom. Maybe they were already going to die? I noticed they were very moist and that the leaves were curling a little on some of them.|
|My proud little Hawaiian chile pepper start|
|See the cute little basil guys on the right? On the left are the baby celery plants.|
|My happy little peppers. They withstood the repotting from this egg carton well and are happy in their larger homes.|
***Update. I just realized I wasn't very wise when potting my seedlings...the package of what I thought was organic potting soil was indeed organic potting compost...too hot and acidic for starts. I burned my tomatoes up I guess. Today I went and got more coco pellets to start my brassicas and more tomatoes.
|back left, blurry: the artichokes before i crippled them, the dahlias are on the left front and are still doing well, transplanted, the celery is in the middle and the basil on the right.|
|One of the first daffodils of the season|