So, I wanted to talk a little bit about growing things from seed. It reads so challenging to some, at least it always did to me. I’ve grown things from seed A. LOT. over the years, this spring was no exception. This time though, I tried out using landscape fabric. It’s available in the garden center of any store with a garden center. It allows light and water through but does not let weeds out. I had my doubts but… it worked.
I tilled the dirt, laid the fabric down, secured it, snipped a hole with a scissor, put the seed in properly in the hole, watered and waited. One morning, when I went out to check on my garden, I saw the seedlings just below the hole in the fabric. I gently helped them through the hole and that was it. I miss the look of rich soil beneath the leaves of my plants but it’s a worth-while trade. I’m weed-free naturally and I’ve noticed less watering is needed. The fabric helps the dirt retain moisture longer. For the curious, these are Kentucky bush beans. Can hardly wait to eat these fresh out of the garden when they’re ready.
Here’s a nice shot of my Heirloom Russian Lettuce. I have to confess, I totally don’t remember what it’s called. Looks good though. I didn’t worry about picking each little weed out for this photo. To me, this is realistic gardening and this head is at the very back of the lettuce section. I see these pictures on other blogs of perfect garden soil, not a clover in site. Could I do it, you bet. But I didn’t treat for weeds last Autumn, you know that already and… I have two young children. Not to mention, this is only year two for this garden. The weeds lessen over the years – so I’m told anyway. I’m going to add some straw here this week, no newspaper. The lettuce will be done soon and I’ll be planting something else here so, newspaper would make re-planting a bit difficult. The leaves on this one are pretty loose and fluffy. I’m waiting to see if it takes shape at all. Looks like it’s somewhere between a Butterhead and Romaine-type.
Here’s the Tomato photo I promised. Bigger, right? It amazes me how, I’ll be waiting and waiting for things to grow and suddenly; boom – they’re gianting along. A couple weeks ago this Tomato was nestled in the straw and barely peeking up and over. Now, it’s a foot taller. Anyway, these Tomatoes were all grown from seed. This one, in particular, is called Manitoba and is named after a Provence in Canada. It’s the only determinate Tomato in our garden, meaning it bears all its fruit at once, and is cold hardy. Well, coming from Canada and all, you’d figure as much. This is a medium-sized slicing tomato. If we like it, I’ll save some seeds from it this Autumn and grow it again for next year. Straw and newspaper are working great by-the-way. Not a weed in the Tomato bed, just a few blades of grass around the edge.