I have neglected to get my seedlings outside to harden off lately and I have only a week or two before they are ready to be transplanted. Hardening off is a process that allows seedlings that have grown up inside to essentially get acclimatized before fully transplanting into an outdoor garden or container. And why is that important? Well, let's look at the sun damage on some brassicas that I put out a few weeks ago without properly hardening off ...
After a veeeery long week at work, I rewarded myself by heading to Yuko's annual plant sale this morning. I think the same thing every year ... I do NOT need anymore plants, don't overdo it! And then I buy a bunch of plants because she usually has so many interesting options.
I was hoping to pick up some Jimmy Nardello peppers as the one I bought at her plant sale last year was the first time I had tried them (and loved them!). Unfortunately, she said her tomatoes and peppers wouldn't be ready until next weekend (her sale runs over two full weekends). Or maybe it is fortunate ... after I returned home, I set aside some of my own peppers and tomatoes that I will be giving to a friend and then did the count - I have 40, !!!!, yes 40 pepper plants. I'm pretty sure with that many, some will be neglected. Yowza.
But that didn't stop me from buying a bunch of plants - again. One plant I bought but is not pictured below is another Marina di Chiogga squash. I bought two from Yuko last year and, although not particularly productive, I did like the squash itself. I saved some seeds of my own but decided it was easier to just buy one of her plants.
And here is what else I bought, starting with some flowers ...
|Viola - "Johnny Jump Up"|
And this is a combination of flowers and veg ... the beans are edible but only with a lot of preparation, so it is mainly grown for the flowers:
And on to edibles.
|Lovage - my first time growing it|
|Celery - what the heck, I'll give it a try|
This next one is wild garlic. I bought some from Yuko a few years ago but must have done a very bad job with the planting as it all died - I mean really, when things grow "wild" how bad does it have to be to kill it?! So I'll try it again in a different spot this year.
And this one ... oof. She conned me into buying it with all the talk about how great it is for you - bitter melon. In last year's post on Yuko's plant sale, not only did I mention my general dislike of bitter asian vegetables, I specifically referred to bitter melon. So now maybe you understand my impulsive nature of purchasing plants - I can't help myself. So now I am growing bitter melon (but I refuse to look after it once it is planted).
And the one I am most looking forward to is this red currant bush.
I am quite excited about growing this but somewhat overwhelmed considering that just a month ago I purchased this Goji berry plant from the farmer who sold me the hay bales I have this year.
So now I have two new fruit bushes to learn about with the red currant and goji berries. I'll be googling a lot to figure out the best approach. Containers maybe? Or is in ground better? How big do they get? Acidic soil preferable like most berries? Are these perennials or not in my northern climate?
Any advice on these is appreciated as I have had little luck in the past with fruit!