going green

This weekend, I bought tomato, pepper, and herb plants at the Trenton Farmer's Market. The plants went directly into the ground and have been faring well despite the recent strong winds.  I also put the rest of my seeds in the ground, and spent some substantial time weeding.  The unused plots are starting to be more green than the occupied ones, and NWC has offered to track the greenness of the plot via earth-science satellite data voodoo.

Aside from weeds, my first plantings of lettuce and spinach are up, along with the peas.  The kale has a tiny trail across its row, but everything else is pretty freshly planted.  This year, I'm focusing mostly on greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, and swiss chard), legumes (peas and snap beans), nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos), and I'll also have zucchini and cucumber.  I'm trying to make it more fun and less work than last year by keeping my plot size down and only growing things I've grown before (except kale, but I think that should be easy).

Last year was just too much, with too many new species and too large of a plot.  If I'm feeling adventurous again after this year, I'll stick to incremental experiments, and not try to grow a year's supply of garlic.  Actually, last year's garlic was pretty successful, and I'm still using it! So maybe not try a year's supply of carrots?  I didn't get a single full-sized carrot last year.  Roots are beastly.

Lettuce sprouts!

An albino pea plant.

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