In full garden mode

The garden is making decent progress.   Beans started sprouting 5 days after planting the seed; 2 days later for the tomatoes – both with a high germination rate.  The squash seed went in on the 11th so I’m expecting to see action there by the end of this week.   In all these cases, I’m using new seed so my expectations are for nearly 100% germination.   I’m going to plant a few lettuce seeds in the next day or so.  It’s a little early but we’re getting so much rain that it might just work.   The seed for the lettuce is a year old so germination will be diminished, maybe.   But why not try.   The weather is forecast to be cooler and wet this coming week so why not try.  

Update.   Believe it or not, the squash seeds germinated overnight.  I planted 5 seeds each of two varieties and all 10 had popped out overnight.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that rapid a response.   Also yesterday, all of the tomato seeds have popped – about a week and consistent with past experience.   The only seeds that haven’t popped are the green peppers and I don’t expect to see them for another week. 

Moving on, planted a single row of carrots, probably 50 or so.   I’ll wait for those to germinate, estimate 10-14 days, and then plant another row.  So I’ll be planting new rows every couple of weeks – should keep us going from November right thru to next May.   I’m proud of the carrots because I had such a hard time with them when the garden started but over the years improved the soil enough that the crop is not even in question.

Also started, indoors, the real bulk of fall/winter seeds.   That includes several varieties of kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, and collards.   The seeds should germinate in a week to 10 days then be transplanted to little yogurt cups to put on growth.   If all goes well, they should be ready for planting in the main garden towards the end of October.   

No wonder I’m worn out by the end of the day!

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