on May 25th I planted 24 pepper plants, (corno Di toro, marconi, jalapeño, poblano and Hungarian black.) I planted them in peat pots and placed a heating mat underneath them, because everything I read said that peppers need fairly warm soil to germinate (85 degrees!) much warmer than the ambient temperature in the room I have them in. Well, the heating mat seems to have one the trick, because 5 days later, most had sprouted! I also planted japanese eggplant seeds and those too have sprouted.
I also planted some some borage and nasturtium seeds. Borage is a lovely herb with beautiful blue flowers that attracts pollinators like crazy. My borage last year got gang banged by bees all summer long. The flowers and leaves (when young) are edible and taste of cucumber. They look beautiful in a salad. I also planted nasturtium which are my absolute favourite flower. I love the hot jewel toned shades of the flowers, and the lily pad like leaves are so unique and pretty. Pollinators also love them, and they are said to repel pests. Flowers and leaves of nasturtium are also edible and have a delicious peppery flavour.
I’ve also planted 48 tomato plants, in 10 different varieties. Those haven’t come up yet, but I’m anxiously awaiting that first green sprout to break through.
in another couple weeks I’ll plant my cucumbers, squashes and melons. They only need to be started 4 weeks before you put them in the ground.
In the mean time, I have one hell of a cleanup job to do in our backyard. It’s only started to warm up enough to start working. I tried taking this week and some of the leaves were still frozen to the ground. Tomorrow is supposed to be warm and Friday as well, so I’m hoping to get busay cleaning stuff up and getting my beds ready.
This will be a busy weekend. We celebrate both Easter and Passover and they both fall on the same weekend this year. Looking forward to spending time with family, and eating some of my favourite foods. Wishing you a happy holiday, if you celebrate!