and What’s The Name of That PBS Gardener?
I decided to start some sweet pepper seeds on Monday(March 25)because it looks like the temperatures outside are going to start being in the 50’s or better from here on out. So by the end of April or the first few days of May I can actually have some seedlings to put in the ground. I will also start some green peppers by the end of the week.
I saved some of the sweet pepper seeds from Monday’s dinner preparation. I had an egg crate handy, then I got a bowl of potting soil ready. I added water to the soil and stirred it up until it was all moistened.
Then I put soil in each section.
A seed was placed in each section and lightly covered with soil.
I then got my little green house out of storage and placed the egg crate on the bottom platform.
I just placed the side here to show you what it looked like unassembled.
I sprayed down the seeds. Then finished assembling the green house.
Hopefully by weeks end there will be an egg crate of green bell peppers joining the sweet peppers. If all goes well I should have some seedlings in a couple of weeks. I then will transplant them into a bigger planter and individual pots so they can continue to grow. They will need at least 5 leaves before they can go outside.
While they are inside doing their growing I will have plenty of time to get the beds around the shed ready for them.
The snow has almost all melted, but now we have soggy ground to contend with. The temperatures are getting steadily warmer so soil frost depth is getting deeper. This will help the moisture continue to go deeper and the upper soil to dry out a bit. So soon it will be time to rake out last years leaf debris, turn the soil, and rake it out level.
All that work will probably get all the wildflower mix and petunias that self seeded around the deck, turned up so they can start to sprout.
I will hold off on getting the area ready for the squash. Last year I didn’t get very many before the squash bugs took over.
David suggested that maybe I should start the squash inside then move them outside in mid-June or later to see if the squash bugs have moved on by then.
If they do show up, I plan to have a spray bottle of tobacco water ready to spray down the plants. I remember watching some gardener show on PBS as a kid(this would have been the late 70’s). He used tobacco juice and coke for a lot of his pest control. David has some left over pipe tobacco, that I think I will soak in water to make my spray. I think this will work even though I am pretty sure the PBS gardener used chewing tobacco. If anyone else remembers him it would be great if you know his name ,so maybe I could find him on YouTube. He had all kinds of great garden tips! 😀