Occasional nights flirt with freezing but winter seems on the run. Garden fever is in full swing.
One new rite of spring garden planning is starting my pepper seeds. I have bought transplants for years as seed starting is normally a disaster for me.
Starting seeds requires fairly steady warmth, not always possible in a wood heated house. Even more importantly it requires light. This is not easy for me to supply.
I love growing colored bell peppers, especially the chocolate ones. These transplants have been unavailable for years. In desperation I bought seeds last year and started my own.
Living in a frost pocket, my main summer garden doesn’t go out until the end of May. I get tired of the blanket over seedling routine that I go through religiously then miss that one crucial night.
Six weeks before end of May is mid April. Days are warm. The front porch is a great place for seedlings. Sheltered. Warm. Lots of light.
After last year’s success, I decided to get bold this year. There are lots of cups of pepper seeds on the front porch now: chocolate, lilac, white, gold and orange. There are even Italian sweet and prize winning banana peppers. However cooler weather moved in so the trays moved into the house for now.
In deference to completing pictures for “The Pumpkin Project,” there are giant pumpkins and red warty thing pumpkins too.
Since bell peppers inhabit my garden, the Italian sweet and banana need to grow elsewhere. I have only one garden. Last year they ended up in pots and did very well.
Container gardening? It’s just sticking plants in pots, right? Not according to “The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible” by Edward C. Smith.
Just like straw bale gardening, I have no intention of converting my garden over to containers. I like my garden. However containers do have some interesting uses and the book has many interesting ideas in it and I’m not done with it yet.
Houseplant repotting season is opening this weekend here. Armed with some new ideas my poor neglected houseplants may get better living quarters. They hope so.
And those Italian sweet and banana peppers will do much better in larger, better equipped pots this year. Then there is that Jack-Be-Little mini pumpkin for “The Pumpkin Project.”