Monday, April 7, 2008

How Does My Garden Grow Week 2

This week, things are getting pretty crowded in the Moneypenny garden. Enough of our seedlings are large enough that potting them in larger containers has become necessary. The downside of this is that there's not enough room on the table we're currently using as a potting bench/grow table.

So out came another table, and we started moving things around. Because we are running out of space under the grow lights for these larger pots, some of the seedlings (which could now be more accurately referred to as plants - big, horking plants) have been moved upstairs to a countertop in order to get as much sunlight as possible.

I've also started to do one of my least favorite gardening tasks - thinning. For the most part, I put one seed per cell in the seed starting kit, but occasionally I add extras, either intentionally or by accident. Now it's time to get them down to one per container, which means killing off a few innocent plants. Sometimes I repot them and give them away, sometimes they just don't survive getting pulled. I hate doing it, I feel so mean. But it is necessary. 

Our seed potatoes - we decided to plant fingerlings, along with some sweet potatoes that will arrive later - arrived last week, so those will get planted this week, I just need a good flat box to plant them in.  I'm sure we have one in the basement.

The weather is finally starting to get better here in Massachusetts, so I'll hopefully start prepping the garden beds over the next two weekends.  We're still working out what the right spot is.

My garden is growing beautifully....and it's almost time to move it outdoors.


Anonymous said...

What would you suggest to replace an old hemlock tree. I need privacy for this space as it abuts my neighbor and their porch. It is a northeast exposure and is in partial shade.

Ms.Moneypenny said...

Hi - sorry for the delay. Would you consider a hedgerow? They are fast growing shrubs that you can shape as needed, and typically serve a living walls, but beautiful ones.