My anticipated planting day is May 17. That means that it’s time to start some seedlings! With the garden being so big, even when I include a spot for relaxing in the shade and in the sun, this means starting a lot of seedlings. I also want to try to sell some of the heirloom plants that I grow, so I am planning to start 288 seedlings. Here is the break-down:
- 96 Tomato Plants: Tumbling Tom, Yellow Jellybean*, White Wonder, Cherokee Purple, Manitoba, Yellow Pear, Golden Jubilee, Mr. Stripey, Green Zebra, Striped Cavern, Tomatillos and Oxheart * Not sure about this type because it is a hybrid – something I did not realize.
- 75 Onion Plants: Walla-Walla, Spanish White and an Italian variety from a friend of mine, spread between 8 starting squares
- 72 Herb Plants: lots of borage (it is supposed to be really good with tomatoes), basil, oregano and marjoram. I already have a fair amount of thyme, lavender, laurel bay, lovage (I hope) and savory.
- 36 Leeks: spread between 4 starting squares
- 40 Flower Plants: with lots of Nasturiums and Marigolds
- 12 Ancho Pepper Plants: which are practically impossible to get in Berlin
- 8 Eggplants
- 8 Broccoli Plants
- 8 Bell Peppers
- 8 Sweet Peppers
- 8 Banana Peppers
The plants that will be directly sown are as followed:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Beans: Cowpea, Black Turtle, Romano, Blue Lake, Great Northern, Baby Lima
- Peas: Early Alaska
- Corn: Bantham
- Carrot: White Lunar, Tendersweet
- Radish: Cherry Belle
As of today, I have successfully planted the peppers, onions, broccoli and leeks. I used a normal seed starting mix. At one point in time, I read that one is supposed to soak the mix from the bottom before adding the seeds. I tried this, but it did not work particularly well and ended up using a measuring cup. I wanted to start the Brussel sprouts, but as it turns out – I do not have any seeds! I also wanted to start more seeds today, so that everything would not have to get dirty twice. However, I thought that I could use disposable grill pans as a base for the seed trays. This is not the case because they leak water. This also means a trip to the garden section at the hardware store tomorrow. On a positive note, the heat mats that I ordered are nice and warm, so the mini greenhouses are toasty. I can’t wait to see how it all germinates.
Lastly, I was investigating my orange plant today and it appears that there is a few orange plants growing directly out from the orange! Crazy!!