Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My New BFF

Thank you Gina for turning me on to this.

I have a new BFF and I don't know that I would have ever found it with you.  Which means, I guess, I now have two new BFFs.

Folia has got to be the best thing since sliced bread.  If you haven't seen it before, go check it out now.  You won't be sorry.  It's comprehensive, it's free, and it's about gardening.  You get to meet lots of other folks who are growing what you have, willing to swap seeds, and crazy about taking photos and showing them off.  I love it!

I am particularly grateful to have found this early on in my attempt to grown my own vegetables, and have already logged in what I have going out there in my humble beds.

The bad news is I'm too late for peppers.  According to my Folia timeline, I won't see a pepper until early October.  Not what I had in mind, but now I know.

The good news is that I went out to water the vegetable gardens (figured the weatherman was going to screw it up again and the rain was going to pass us), and lo and behold, I found THIS!

Teeny weeny seedlings popping up.

You don't see it?  It's right there... to your right.  That green dot.  Yep!  That is SPINACH.

I think I'm too late for that, too, but Tina told me that her mom lives in Maine and plants spinach this late and does fine as long as they're shaded by tomatoes.  (See below and you'll see my three tomato plants shading the spinach.)

I didn't have the heart to tell Tina that Maine is a whole other continent in terms of cold and ice and zones and freezing and just about a thousand other things.

Finding the two seedings made me as happy as learning about Folia.

It has been a good and happy garden day for me.  So good, that I almost forgot about the Japanese Maple saga that awaits me (although I did discover another live branch with a bud on it this morning).

I do have plenty of questions about vegetable gardening, though.

Do I have to water these in the spring?  I watered today after these were in the soil eight days and we had one rain shower between then and now.  It was in the watering that I must have blown some dirt of the way and revealed these beauties.

Second question is if the envelope says to transplant and I sowed directly into the garden, do I have to do anything?

Third question is if I planted these too deeply (envelope says 1/4 inch but I think it went deeper), will the seedling pop through?

And finally, why haven't the deer eaten my tomatoes?

Any advice or counsel anyone can offer is greatly appreciated.

In the meantime, I'm going to do cartwheels.  And toast my new BFFs.


  1. Hey Wendy,
    I live in California so I am not sure about your watering schedule there. About sewing directly, did the package say you could? You can sew tomatoes directly here but again, I'm on the west coast. If you plant too deep, it's a crap shoot. Sometimes the seedlings emerge and sometimes not. The deer haven't eaten you tomato plants because tomato plants are poisonous. I hope that helps.

  2. Hello Chig... yes, the package said I could sow right into the ground. Time will tell if I went too deep. According to MyFolia, I should see things sprouting right about now. Tonight's rain showers will help. Deer don't like tomatoes? I am so excited!!! Thank you for telling me that. I think I'll grow a tomato fence all around the property. :-)

  3. um... I'm not agreeing on that October date for peppers. Maybe if you're trying to start from seed, but a good sized transplant of a fast maturing variety should get you some yummies by August or Sept...

  4. Mary, I planted from seed and still no peppers. I think I botched that something fierce. Bought three good plants of red, yellow, and orange peppers (I have no use for green) and I see they are ready to flower. Photos will follow, I'm sure.

  5. Well Wendy here in MN we have to start our pepper indoors 6-10 weeks before the last date of frost. This year that maybe July 4th (we got snow again last night). The issue with all the rain may be being sure it doesn't wash your seeds away.

    Spinach, likes shade and is easy to grow, the later in the season you replant the harder it is to grow. Spinach would also do well in your colanders I think. I re-sow mine twice a year. Once when I put the garden in and again in mid to the end of August. It's pretty quick growing.

    If you have room, I would also suggest planting marigolds around your garden. They are great for keeping the mosquito's away.




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