Its Easter Monday and I am alone in the house enjoying the quiet. I woke up to a cool 5C outside so decided to write until the sun comes out. It looks like we are in for some warm sunny weather for the next few days so watering in the greenhouse will be needed.
The tomato plants are doing very well. I have flats and flats of tomatoes that will be looking for new homes by the end of April. If you have seen the latest weather forecast you will notice that our nights are warming up. The rest of this week it will be around 8C-9C as our low. Its time to plan your vegetable garden now. My peas are planted and onions sets are up. I like to wait until the nights are about 9C-10C consistently before I start placing my tomato plants outside.
On the south side of the greenhouse I have more tomatoes. I have now officially run out of room in the greenhouse. So if the warmer nights continue some plants will have to move outside. That means many of the annual flowers I have grown from seed for the garden will be the first to go to the mini greenhouses for hardening off.
The cucamelon plants are doing well. I should have at least 100 plants for the plant sale. They look like such well-behaved plants at this stage but once they are planted outside they grow quickly easily reaching a height of six feet.
The tomato seeds from the Dwarf Tomato Project are doing well. I am excited to test these plants out this year. Above is Dwarf Orange Cream, an orange tomato with superb flavour. I love the potato leaf foliage of this tomato plant. To read more about the Dwarf Tomato Project and the tomatoes check out Craig LeHoullier’s site here. I am always interested in new plants, aren’t you?
Yesterday I was able to get into the greenhouse and potted up four flats of sweet and Thai basil. Above is the last pot of basil seedlings to pot up. This one is Holy Basil, one I haven’t grown before. It turns out this basil is used the same way as other basil but has a rich history to it. Its been grown in India for over 3000 years. Its well known for its benefits to mind, body and spirit. I must admit lifting each seedling sends the aroma of basil through the air each time I plant. Its heavenly. It’s supposed to relieve stress. I guess we can all use that. By the looks of the number of seedlings I should have a few flats of Holy Basil soon.
Well, that’s it for today. I am off to the garden as the sun is now out. Its time to plant some new plants I bought two weeks ago. Yes, I caved and bought some new shade plants. More about that in another post.