It’s been all secret knitting around here lately, which isn’t very good for blogging! But now that the weather has turned (maybe?) and it’s a bit brighter and warmer, it was time to get some garden stuff going.

I picked up a bunch of tiny pots at the dollar store to start my seedlings this year – I’m a bit tired of peat pellets, and I can reuse these ones next year! Plus, the plants will have a little more room and maybe I won’t have to┬árepot them again before transplanting.

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I’m starting extra tomato plants this year even though we won’t have room for all of them on the deck. Some local friends will get lucky with free plants!

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The basil is doing nicely from seed. I’m planning to do aggressive pruning on the plants to see if I can get them to grow bushier. Varieties: Italian large leaf and dark opal basil from Cubits.

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tomatoseeding

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Tomato varieties: Riesenstraube, which was the first to germinate, looks pretty great and was our biggest producer last year; Black Cherry, Ivory Pear, Black Prince, Purple Cherokee, Sungold, Matt’s Wild Cherry. I was really excited to find the Sungold seeds at West Coast Seeds, along with a small variety of zucchini (Patio Star) and peas (Little Marvel)!

Unfortunately even with my nifty popsicle-stick labelling system I’m pretty sure I’ve mislabeled at least one tomato!

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I haven’t spun much in ages but there’s been lots popping up in my Instagram, and it’s inspiring! I wanted to take a little time off knitting this past weekend so I pulled out a few braids. Marge is unimpressed. (Yes, we have the Lego Simpsons House.)

new ruffles!

Hopefully I’ll have some new patterns to share with you soon!

4 Responses to “garden starts”

  1. Suzanne

    Be ready for Matt’s wild cherry to invade the house, a pretty crazy sprawling tomato ! Love the flavor of Cherokee Purple, a bit salty/smoky, and Black Prince too, usually well behaved. Do you know you can take cuttings of your basil and start new plants? Pretty practical at the end of summer to bring inside; they will root in water . Good luck

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  2. Alina

    Looks like the whole knitting blogland is gardening :) I think I need to pick it up and start my own garden! Looking forward to finished knits and patterns!

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  3. Olga Shkuta

    hurray, a new blog post! I’m a big fan of your blog :)
    Good luck with your gardening this year, let us know how the basil turns out!

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  4. Karen Saari

    I’m really looking forward to those new patterns. And I’m one knitter who hasn’t succombed to gardenitis. I’ll put up a hanging basket of flowers and call it good! :)

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