Saturday, March 15, 2014

Simplest and Most Successful Way to Start Seeds

I found the most successful and easiest way to start seeds is the paper towel in plastic ziploc bag method.  The concept is simple. You take a wet paper towel and place your seeds onto it. You then cover the seeds by folding the rest of the paper towel over them. Then you place the paper towel containing the seeds inside a plastic ziploc bag. Place in a warm dark place and check seeds every 5 days.

I was able to quickly germinate tomato and pepper seeds in 5 days. The main advantage of this method is that you save yourself from re-potting twice. Normally you would start seeds in a seed starting tray. These are 1.5" wide by 3" deep cells in 50 or 72 cell counts. Once your seedlings reach a certain size you'd have to either plant them in soil outside or re-pot them into a larger container if it's still too early to plant outside.  Germinating in a paper towel allows you to take newly germinated seeds and place them directly into a larger pot like a 4" container.  This would remove the need to mess with the seed starting trays altogether.













Saturday, March 8, 2014

Time To Start Those Pepper and Tomato Seeds

This year as far as tomatoes and peppers go I am growing 3 tomato and 2 pepper varieties.

Tomatoes
Marzanrosso - for sauce and salads
Pera d'Abruzzo - for fresh eating
Steakhouse - for competition growing (Heaviest tomato competition)

Peppers
Cheyenne - for adding heat
Corno di Capra - for fresh eating and salads








Monday, September 30, 2013

Sicilian Zucchini

A friend gave me a call and asked me if I wanted to come take some photos of his Sicilian Zucchini.  Having never seen one before I agreed to the invite and was amazed at the sheer size and shape of these Zucchinis.


















Saturday, August 17, 2013

I Broke My Heaviest Tomato Record

Next year I plan to source a tomato that is specifically bred for size.

So far this is my heaviest ever.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Costco Lillies

This spring I picked up a bag of Lilly bulbs at Costco.  30 bulbs in all and I have to say that they came out very nice.