May 5, 2014 - This marks my first year as a vegetable garden owner. Now, my husband is half Dutch and my parents are hardy and resilient farmers from Bruce County, so this isn’t a ‘newbie’ situation in the sense that I’m going to do something wack. Nor does it suggest that I’m about to follow the moon cycles for planting and break the bank with organic seeds and free-range manure from flamingos…
This is a nature/nurture situation. Matt and I combine his tulip-loving green-thumb heritage and my pioneer-like parents’ vast resume of experimentation with our mutual Canadian stubbornness and intensity for producing something from the land after a dastardly Winter.
An example of such stubbornness is in our excitement at seeing tomato plants looking prime and on sale at the greenhouse this past weekend. Now it’s *way* too chilly for these girls outside just yet,…but because we’re out of control, random, and do know better - we bought them, anyway.
If you, too, get carried away at the greenhouse or even have one “day beer” too many before finding yourself at the local nursery (via public transit, of course) - try to smarten/sober up by the time you get home.
Instead of sticking the plants into chilly soil or leaving them swaddled in the tiny plastic cell packs or cups from which they came (where their roots are “bound”, aka in a straight jacket) — *buy a few mediums sized pots for them to strengthen up in for a few weeks before planting when the weather and soil warms. This is a #GardenGenius move!
*(or better yet borrow or use recycle ones from a prev year).
Up your game further by filling those next level pots with soil from your own garden where the tomato plants will be moving in to get a sense of how they grow in that soil and also to preps them for their upcoming move.
The photo shows our three gals (Early Girl, Heirloom, and Champion) are no doubt happier paying the same rent for their short-term townhouse until they can upgrade to the full Estate in a few more weeks.
Awesome Ontario Food Quote of the Day:
"Yat,o,regh,shas,ta." (Wayandott, or Huron) - "I am hungry" (English)