We’re Off and Growing

Well that might be a little presumptous on my part but the cold frame is planted. I did get lazy and left last years soil, just gave it a good boost with more compost and sand. It is packed full with tomato, cabbage, broccoli, summer squash, two kinds of cucumber, basil, jalapeno and another kind of hot pepper I can’t remember the name of and morning glory seeds. Some of the tomato seeds are in my homemade newspaper pots, last year I had some trouble with shock when they were transplanted so thought I would try something a friend suggested. The paper will disintegrate letting the roots spread out as needed.

With 200 onion sets and two rows of radishes planted we are well on our way. The hubby helped me put up the panels for the peas to grow on and hopefully the soil will warm up enough in the next couple of weeks they can be planted.

The rest will have to wait until we are sure Mother Nature is in her Hawaii mode for sure or they might get their topnotches frosted. Waiting to be planted are carrots, beets, koli-rabi and beans at least.

To make the paper pots take 1/2 sheet of newspaper and tear that in half. Fold that in half and roll into a tube approximately 3-4″ across the opening. Fold the raw edged end together, staple or tape shut or make two tight small folds up. When you are ready to use your pots fill as you would peat pots insert your seed and keep moist. When you use the paper pot that isn’t stapled make sure to support the bottom so you don’t loose any soil.


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