Foodwithlegs has been moved to its new home at foodwithlegs.com this post can be found on the new site here.

Packets of spinach and radish seeds

Packets of spinach and radish seeds

Today, April 4, I sowed a packet of spinach seeds (Bloomsdale Long Standing) and a row of radish seeds (Cherry Belle).  They both went into the same type of rectangular black plastic container that houses the lettuce seedlings.

(more…)

Advertisements
Ten cells of tomatoes in the windowsill greenhouse

Ten cells of tomatoes in the windowsill greenhouse

All of gardening is about amazing transformations.  Personally I’m most in awe of the tiny tomato seed that is as thin as a stamp and no larger in any other dimension than a grain of rice but manages to produce plants that are five feet tall and bear upwards of 10 lb of fruit each.  Today this year’s crop of tomatoes took the first step in the process.

(more…)

The weather is really starting to warm up.  I was even able to spend a couple hours reading in the backyard this afternoon.  When this happens and the date reaches the middle of March it’s the time when gardening becomes something to do instead of just something to plan for and think about.  My favourite farming and gardening blog had a post this week about his seed-starting schedule.  Obviously, this also means that seeds go quickly from being in envelopes that fit in a drawer to plastic trays full of dirt that, well, don’t really fit anywhere.

Lettuce seedlings getting a "leggy" and ready for transplanting

Lettuce seedlings getting a "leggy" are ready for transplanting

(more…)

As I mentioned in my post about starting the parsley, last year seed starting began on St. Patrick’s Day.  This year I’m more experienced, ambitious, and have more space for growing and so things got started even earlier.  In a somewhat random nod to this new tradition I started part of a  packet of lettuce seeds in the “windowsill greenhouse” (pictured below) on St. Valentine’s Day.

Lettuce seeds sprouting on the windowsill

Lettuce seeds sprouting on the windowsill

If these stick to schedule and are ready to be transplanted before the middle of April they will probably never end up in the garden but instead will go into a window box and provide the occasional salad garnish for meals in the city.  I’m a bit disappointed that the germination rate seems to be so spotty.  I started with the cells on the right with bigger seeds (this is mixed packet of different lettuce seeds) and one seed per cell.  By the time I got to the cells on the left and the much smaller seeds laziness kicked in and I just poured four or five seeds into each cell.  Do bigger seeds take longer to germinate?