February Garden Tasks
Dada! Indoor seed starting. Some hate it, I love it!
200 pepper seeded in late January, up-potted and looking rather good. Peppers take along time to grow: they need to be well established in the garden before summer heat parks itself over us. When it’s too hot, many drop their flowers and one harvests very little until temperatures moderate again in the fall. I plant a mixture of bells, cubanelle, Italian, a few chiles and some odd ones. And I start them early!
The 2 dozen eggplants are looking well and the 15 tomatoes (the ones started in January in hope of a early harvest) are already 3″ tall. This week-end, another 50 cells got seeded with more tomato varieties. In the greenhouse, celeriac and violas have been transplanted to individual cells, chard is germinating and leeks finally got seeded. Some kale seedlings were up-potted and left in the greenhouse – the remainder transplanted outside under agro-fabric.
Outside, I direct-seeded 3 kinds of peas on Sunday: 2 sugar snaps and one dwarf garden pea. I always soak the seeds for several hours until they plump before planting them.
Sweet potatoes are rooting nicely on one of the dining-room window sills.
Chayotes started. I love chayote, that fruit/vegetable of my childhood. While my Northern Virginia Piedmont climate does not allow me to grow it for its fruit, I can grow for its edible and prolific shoots – a wonderful summer cooking green. For more details, read those prior posts on starting chayote and on growing chayote in Virginia. Next: ginger needs to be started.
More on the needs-to-be-done-real-soon list: more seeds of spinach and lettuce. And then parsley, basil and thyme (for the bees). Also favas; onion transplants; broccoli; cabbage; cardoon; mustards; nasturtiums…
I do love it so.