Monday, April 26, 2010

Plugging Along

Veggie seedlings soak up the "sun"
This spring has been an exercise in patience. A few beautiful days followed by days of rain or cold, or cold rain. A few brief windows of free time for gardening or other outdoor pursuits, and many more hours and days logged toward the completion of more necessary projects - or my still relatively new job. But we're getting there. We (and Hank) have enjoyed a steady stream of visitors here in Baltimore and it's time to dedicate some more serious time to work....and play. Sneaking in an hour of fishing, or a half-hour in the garden, has become a significant part of my calendar planning. And I'm not ashamed of it. Work in the garden has moved ahead, slow and steady:

Above: a bin of tomatoes (Tiny Sweet Million), peppers (Mole', Early Jalapeno, and Red Hot Cayenne), and Bee Balm (Pink Supreme) ready for their final ride out to the garden. Most of these plants have been transplanted at least twice since I planted seeds and cuttings on February 26.
Other spring and summer plants are in the ground already, both in the yard and in my new community garden plot (more on that in a future post!). Hard to tell what's successful so far, but certainly Little Gem lettuce has done outstanding, when started inside and transplanted outside. I'm looking forward to a few months of sweet, fresh salad greens (the Regatta hybrid spinach remains a disappointment so far).

Closing in on May 1st, and the indoor growing area is looking a little sparse! Another 3 weeks (enough to start one last round of lettuce) and we'll be done until...gulp...February 2011!

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