Here, There and Everywhere

I started a lot of seeds in February.

Then some in March.

And a few in April.

I started them in my basement in my little seed trays, with my little labels under my little grow light.

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When I ran out of room there, I moved them to the neighbor’s greenhouse and started even more seeds.

When I lost some of my precious starts to frost, I was upset. How would we ever have enough tomatoes to share and to can?

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How indeed.

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Now that I’m transplanting them to the garden, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with the number of starts we have.

I’ve put a few boxes together for friends and family and still we have more.

I’m transplanting like it’s my job* but they only seem to multiply.

*Gardening is only a part of my duties and responsibilities as a full-time homesteader. Let’s not forget my other tasks: checking for eggs, herding chickens, cleaning up muddy little boys…the list goes on. 

Actually, they did multiply. Way back in February, I ordered plant starts from a local home nursery – mostly heirloom tomatoes and peppers. I had forgotten about this order until I got the email that they were ready to pick up:

Jalafuego Jalapeno: 2
Anaheim: 2
Padron Heirloom: 2
Krimson Lee: 2
Bushy Heirloom: 2
Green Zebra: 2
Moonglow: 2
Borage: 2
Papalo: 2
Sicilian oregano: 1
Stevia: 2

Rather than putting all my plants in one garden (pun intended), I’m following my own advice and planting my starts everywhere.

Here in the vineyard…

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There in the swales…

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And everywhere from fedge to strawberry patch.

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A world of plants await you
A zillion different kinds
From striped to great green zebras
All peppers you will find

I hope to have a harvest
As big as what I’ve planned
To share with all and to enjoy
And get some ‘maters canned!

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