Flats of Veggies . . .
I have planted 11 flats over the last two weeks. Not a lot of flats in the grand scheme of things, but each flat has between 72 and 128 plants. That means I’ve planted somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1000 plants. That’s a lot fresh veggies: butter lettuce, romaine, shallots, and leeks. And tomatoes and eggplants and peppers!
. . . And Flowers
My daughter gave me a handful of flower packets, varieties that I might not have planted otherwise; things like malva, thunbergia, and red lobelia. I’ve always loved the old-fashioned flowers: pansies, snapdragons, petunias and salpiglossis, and I plant them every year. But it will be nice to have some new ones to add variety and changing colour.
Tomorrow I will plant a flat of oriental greens – tatsoi and three varieties of bok choy. And one more flat of flowers – mostly petunias and dianthus, the old-fashioned flowers again!
Our short Alberta growing season means that for some plants, starting under lights is the only way to get them to maturity. March climes are cold here; nothing grows outside, even if you can dig down through the snow. But one happy exception is sweet peas. I love the look of them as they start to climb the porch railing in early summer. They smell wonderful, and are so cheerful. They take a while to come up, but if I can get them into the ground this weekend they will do well. They will be the first plants I direct seed this year!