Sunday, March 22, 2009

Can There Ever Be Too Many Tomatoes? Or Socks?

Spring is officially here, which means it's time to plant more seeds! Today is the all-important day of tomato seed planting, and we have 9 varieties going in this year. Yes, perhaps that is going a bit overboard, but there are so many beautiful and delicious tomatoes to choose from out there that it's hard not to. Plus, we're looking forward to a bumper crop so that we can make plenty of sauce to preserve for next winter. We're also planting some onion seeds today, although we really should have done so about 3 weeks ago. Typically onions can be planted in the garden several weeks before the last frost date, but due to some factors outside of our control, there's a pretty good chance we won't be getting our spring plantings done before the middle of May anyway, so our late seed sowing shouldn't be a problem. Along with the veggie seeds, we'll also be starting some herbs and flowers - sweet Genovese basil, purple Dark Opal basil, sage, rosemary, stevia, lavender, chamomile, and bee's friend.

Also of note, our hop rhizomes have arrived!


In other homesteading news, we have completed our first scarves! They're very simple, just done in knit stitch. Mine is made from a nice thick wool yarn with a size 7 needle, so it's very warm and almost wind-proof. And green! I was so excited about how well it turned out, that I went straight out and bought more yarn to make a throw blanket. The Gardener's is in manly shades of olive drab, but is softer and squishier. He now dreams of knitting his own socks! Our dear friend Pragmatiste has given us an awesome set of interchangeable circular needles to try out. They will be perfect for making some thick, wooly socks for the next time the Gardener goes camping up in the mountains!

5 comments:

Leafy McGreen said...

Oh man lots of iterestin stuffs goin down in the Galloway burrow. GJ on the scarves. Do they itch?

Gardeness said...

Well thank you sir! No, the scarves aren't really itchy at all. Quite soft in fact. Congrats on the tobaccy sprouts, they're looking good! Also we have tons of extra veggie and herb seeds. If there's anything you'd be interested in maybe we could do a seed swap!

Dan said...

The planting looks to be going well! Those hops look like they'll make home brewed beer even better. I was thinking of trying to plant some tomatoes in the back, hopefully it's not too late. Keep posting, I like the blog!

Willi said...

Nice looking scarfs. My first (and only scarf) did not turn out nearly as well!

Gardener said...

Dan, we totally have too many tomato plants and will gladly give a few if we see you out for drinks in the near future.

Thanks so much, Willi. The first knitting project definitely has it's challenges, the hardest part was keeping the cat out of my yarn. Such a stereotype, I know...