A neighbor came by to pick up some seed-grown tomato plants I’d promised him, got his first look at our five raised beds and promptly pronounced us farmers.
This weekend certainly was a weekend for planting. The smaller of the two tomato raised beds is full — three pairs of seed-grown plants, a Ramapo we got for free at Rutgers Day and a volunteer pair that I figured were big enough to leave alone. Wish I could say what varieties the three pairs are, but I’ve managed to lose the labels. Sun golds? Bloody butcher? I have no idea, only that they are three different types. I’ve got others that need a couple more weeks, I think, and then they will go into the bed for 10, sharing space for a while with garlic. The first tomato bed may share space with radishes for a while. Why not?
All the leeks are now in. We were thrilled to spot seedlings at a local produce shop and bought three four-packs, with at least four seedlings per square, or so it seemed. I haven’t counted but I would guess five dozen. Oh yeah, there are a few still in the basement that we’ve grown from seed. No idea where we will put them. Maybe we’ll wait til the peas have been harvested and have some fresh squares to fill. A nice problem to have!
Peppers are in too. Thanks to another neighbor who bought three four-packs and only wanted two of each, we have sweet, bell and hot peppers. We returned the favor by sharing our cherry hot four-pack. The ninth pepper is Trinidadian perfume, bought at Rutgers Day and is not supposed to be hot.
Next to them are three rosa eggplants, also from Rutgers Day, and a mix of regular green zucchini and the scalloped pattycake variety. I figured I had to plant more than one seed per area just in case, so you know they will all germinate and we will have a glut.
The 12-foot bed, also known as our Fort Knox, is filling up with peas and burgundy beans that we hope the groundhog won’t get to this year, plus some salad greens, three types of cucumbers (glut!), beets, brussel sprouts, collards (though they looked just like the broccoli plants so who really knows?), coriander and lime basil. Other varieties of basil will go in by the end of the week. We probably get some parsley plants too.
Our fifth bed is leek and potato soup — four different potato varieties, plus leeks. Three of the potato types were planted a while ago and the plants look simply huge to us novice farmers.