Free flowers this year!I wonder if garden centres and nurseries will be doing business differently this year.
Curb pickup at Sheridan near usWe were going to do a big backyard overhaul this year with new deck, stonework and gardens, but might be better to wait until next year to see how this economy plays out.
So same ol same ol, but the garden is so thick and full, don't need to do much to it. Might actually need to thin out a bunch of the natives because they seed and move around so much.
I wonder if garden centres and nurseries will be doing business differently this year.
I used to start my own toms, now I buy them. $12 for 48 plants from the local nursery. For $2/ plant the sell early starts that get me tomato’s starting in July.As long as i can get my hands on some tomato plants all will be well with the world. Fresh backyard tomatos that didnt spend childhood in a hothouse or two weeks on a truck from Mexico is my summer passion.
That’s a good price. I have about 30+ seedlings up now but they are all mostly heritage varieties. A mix of maturity dates, sizes and colours too. I like the yellow and black varieties as they are pretty tasty and we always grow brandywine beefsteak toms. Got 30 bags of garden soil ordered so a couple of plants in each and I’ll be done.I used to start my own toms, now I buy them. $12 for 48 plants from the local nursery. For $2/ plant the sell early starts that get me tomato’s starting in July.
If the pineapple ones are called pineapple pig then they are delicious.I've been doing garden prep and this year I'm diving into heirloom tomatoes (after last years great grow). In addition to Manitoba tomatoes, I'm also planting white, brandywine and pineapple tomatoes. Plus the non-heirloom beefsteak tomato. And those are just the full sized ones. I'm also going with heirloom indigo fireball, chocolate sprinkles, topsy tom and sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, plus the excellent sun sugar. The rest of the garden will be similar to earlier years with homesteader peas, snow peas, red potatoes, carrots, two types of onions, various Chinese vegetables, three types of cucumbers (including the white martini), etc. I'm getting a pollinator perennial too; a bee balm mix. The raspberry bushes have been trimmed. Busy times.
I have a 4 tier light garden in the basement (vintage 1980) which I've retrofitted with modern LED grow lights and a 4 channel programmable WIFI switch to control the lights. It works great, I get 12 full trays in the top 3 tiers, hydro tubs sit on the ground for the 4th level. Works like a charm. I use the hydro setup on the bottom for non stop lettuce and for cloning. Each fall I pull a few of my fave exotics from the garden, clone & keep them alive over the winter. This winter I saved 2 colossal coleus and some prized Reapers. In January I chopped up the mothers and cloned twice now I have about 40 garden ready plants that would have cost $4each. Also layered a sting of passion fruit and mandivilla by placing them along side the garden and running a vine thru sole layring pots. Marginal results, about 1/2 rooted. Kept a few 420s cuttings for monstering, they look promising.Potted up some Black Seamon heirloom tomatoes today. Got them from Amazon a few weeks back, came in a hand written packet from an enthusiast grower. Planted 6 got 5 seedlings initially, second round of seeds is in the aero garden now.
In case anyone doesn’t have a lot of room in their house/apartment or even if they do, I can’t recommend an aerogarden highly enough. All the seedlings that come out of it have massive root systems and are really strong. Get the LED version. The soil pods can be pricey but I buy them in bulk and there’s probably a hack for them. Mine (I have 2)started off as the 6 pod versions but I bought an insert to start 30seedlings or so in each of them. They have an automated light system, a feed reminder and if you want you can use them just to grow herbs in for the kitchen. You can get plants about 8” tall out of them. Some dwarf cherry toms are ok too.