Still Planting Seeds

Red Beans
Red Beans

 

Some warm weather again, even at night, is predicted for the next seven days. That’s a relief to hear. On May 31 and June 1 overnight temperatures were just below 30° F and in the low areas away from the house frost settled across fields and gardens. So to keep them from being frozen I’ve been hauling in six flats of tomatoes and two flats of peppers every night and out again in the morning. Tonight I can leave them outside. The overnight low will be 55° F and the skies cloudy. It may even rain.

Yesterday I got the last of my corn planted: 140 feet of sweet corn (my grex) and about 175 feet of Dakota Ivory White flour corn. Starting at 9 this morning until 5 this afternoon (minus the one hour lunch break and frequent stops for chai tea sans milk and sugar) I’ve planted seeds, mulched, and watered the new plantings. Seeds planted today are Fercita grain amaranth, Biobio quinoa, a mix of beet varieties, an unknown variety of red bean, Flambo shelling beans, Zebulon sunflower, and Beppo hull-less seeded pumpkin.

 

Planted with beets, beans, and sunflowers today
Planted with beets, beans, and sunflowers today

 

There is still a bit more planting to do. Later tonight I will be taking seeds of various squashes, (winter, scallopini, crook-neck, tromboncini, and butternut), edible gourd, and cucumber to start on sheets of moist paper. This method ensures that almost every seed planted will grow. In about three days the roots will be poking out from between the seed coats and then the sprouted seeds will be planted in the garden.

 

Sprouting winter squash seeds on paper
Sprouting winter squash seeds on paper

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