Thursday, January 10, 2013

Seeds are Sprouting!

Hello again,

I am back with fantastic news! Almost all of my beans and tomato varieties have sprouted! Many of them were off and running within a few days of planting. Like I've said, many of these seeds are a few years old but they are still viable. I learned from a Master Gardener that the larger seeds have a longer time frame where they are viable. I also saved some tomato seeds and those are sprouting. I also have some seeds that were packed for 2013 from Baker Creek and Seed Savers Exchange and those are looking good too.

I know it would be easier to tell you what hasn't sprouted but I am so excited that I don't mind showing off.

Here is the list:


Tomatoes
1
Violet Jasper
13
Plum Lemon
2
San Marzano
14
Purple Russian
3
Old Yellow Candy Stripe
15
Striped German
4
Topaz or Huan U
16
Green Zebra
5
Chocolate Purple
17
Jubilee
6
Yellow Pear
18
Black Krim
7
TJ's Cherry Tomatoes
19
Kolb
8
Roma - American Meadows
20
Large Red Cherry
9
Beefsteak - Urban Farmer
21
Moneymaker
11
White Cherry - Seed Savers
22
Early Girl Hybrid
12
Tomatillo - Purple Cobalt
24
Tomatillos - Green


Beans
1
Roma  Bush
2
Soy Bean - Envy
4
Tom Thumb
5
Pea - Dwarf Gray Sugar
7
Henderson's Baby - Lima Bean
9
Purple Fava Beans
10
Contender Bean
11
Tendergreen Bean
12
Royalty Purple Pod
13
Sugar Ann Peas
14
Kentucky Wonder Beans
15
Black Garbanzo Bean
Cucumbers
16
Lemon
18
Marketmore
20
Spacemaster
22
Muncher
23
Straight Eight
Corn
24
Blue Jade Corn
25

I know that not all of these will make it but that's what gardening is all about. I know I will not be able to grow every single tomato plant and may end up with extra but I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch.

I know I still have some time before I can even think before putting out the tomatoes in the garden but the beans should be find to do next month or so. Besides, I don't know how much longer they can be indoors.

This is just a quick update but stay tuned for more.

Luis

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Seed Starting Time Already!

Hello fellow gardeners, readers and future gardeners. It is a new year and I am here with great news! I live in Southern California and have the luxury of a long growing season. Seeds are started usually at the end of December and this year is no exception. I have been organizing my seeds and have started them in standard cell trays and newspaper pots.

I have never tried newspaper pots but figured I should at least try it out. I somehow have 15 different varieties of beans and didn't want to plant something in the garden that wouldn't work out. Some of it is old seed but not all of it. If it doesn't germinate, it won't go out to the garden. If it does germinate, the roots won't be disturbed much since I would just plant the whole pot. I know that peas and beans are more susceptible to transplant shock because the roots have been disturbed but not all vegetables are like that.

Most other vegetables have no issue being transplanted, provided they have been hardened off properly. Hardening off the plants should not be an issue, at least it hasn't been for me. As the plants get to be too big, outside they go into a protected area and slowly acclimated to the weather. My only other issue is choosing which varieties will be going into beds directly or into containers.

The selection process will not be easy. I have 24 varieties of tomatoes, 15 different beans,7 cucumber varieties, 6 pepper and 6 eggplant. I don't know if they will all make it but that is part of the joy of gardening.

In order to keep all of these varieties in order, I created an Excel Spreadsheet. Below is the list of every seed that has been started. I know that it is too early for some of these seeds, but this gives me time for a second round, if needed.

First up: Peppers and Eggplants


1
Peppers-Red Mini Bell
2
Peppers-Chocolate Habanero
3
Peppers-Patio Red Marconi
4
Peppers-Sweet  Banana
5
Peppers-Poblano
6
Sweet Peppers Mix
7
Eggplant- Black Beauty
8
Eggplant-Red China
9
Eggplant-Round Mauve
10
Eggplant-Yellow Egg
11
Eggplant-Long Purple
12
Eggplant-Burpee Hybrid

 Beans:


1
Roma  Bush
2
Soy Bean - Envy
3
Gold Rush - Garden Bean
4
Tom Thumb
5
Pea - Dwarf Gray Sugar
6
California Cowpea
7
Henderson's Baby - Lima Bean
8
Burpee Green Snap Bush Bean
9
Purple Fava Beans
10
Contender Bean
11
Tendergreen Bean
12
Royalty Purple Pod
13
Sugar Ann Peas
14
Kentucky Wonder Beans
15
Black Garbanzo Bean


 Cucumbers:


16
Lemon
17
Little Potato
18
Marketmore
19
Straight Eight
20
Spacemaster
21
Fanfare Hybrid
22
Muncher


Tomatoes:



1
Violet Jasper
13
Plum Lemon
2
San Marzano
14
Purple Russian
3
Old Yellow Candy Stripe
15
Striped German
4
Topaz or Huan U
16
Green Zebra
5
Chocolate Purple
17
Jubilee
6
Yellow Pear
18
Black Krim
7
TJ's Cherry Tomatoes
19
Kolb
8
Roma - American Meadows
20
Large Red Cherry
9
Beefsteak - Urban Farmer
21
Moneymaker
10
Beefsteak - American Meadows
22
Early Girl Hybrid
11
White Cherry - Seed Savers
23
Bucks County Hybrid
12
Tomatillo - Purple Cobalt
24
Tomatillos - Green


I know that this is way much more than I need and not all of these will make it but gardening is about experimenting. Stay tuned for more news and I hope to keep up with this blog more than I have been.

Until next time,

Luis T.