Friday, February 21, 2014

Peppers Planted

I seeded my peppers today along with a few other things. Last year I planted peppers on Feb 14, this year I decided to hold off one more week due to the whole polar vortex nonsense. Granny graciously supplied me with the majority of my bell pepper seeds this year. With so many varieties I will be doing a mini trial to see what grows best. Pepper varieties this year will include:
  • Quadrato Giallo D'Asti (Yellow)
  • Horizon Orange
  • Red Marconi
  • Quadrato Tosso D'Asti (Red)
  • Happy Yummy Sweet (Orange)
  • X3R Red Knight F1
  • Ancho
  • Anahiem (sowing from my dehydrate peppers, hope they aren't cooked!)
Well I was at it I also started a few other things:
  • Ping Tung Long Eggplant
  • Swamp Mallow (collected on the edge of a swamp)
  • Penstemon Grandiflorus "War Axe" (Collect from the yard)
 That is all from now. I will be back mid March when I start sowing broccoli, peas etc.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Snow'd In

(some how google added the snow flakes?)
 Winter has been a long haul this year and there is still 41 days until spring arrives, on the calendar at least. On the plus side we have started to get some nice sunny days again and everyday we get a couple extra minutes of it too.

The crops in the polytunnel have not fared so well this year. With numerous day of at -20c(-4f) the veg looks rather dessicated. I'll have a look again at the end of the month, maybe things will improve with more sun shine.
 On the inside front I have start some Sudduth's Strain Brandywine tomatoes, Jan 30th I believe. My plan is to keep two of them and start all the rest of the tomatoes in April. Next up I will be sowing all my peppers mid February. I find they really benefit from an extra early start, in my yard at least.
Charlie has winter all figured out. You just stay wrapped up in a blanket and watch the birds out the window!