And what we have here ladies and gentlemen is jalapeno, bell pepper, eggplant, parsley, and leek seedlings. I started all these on January 23rd on the advice on the Farmer’s Almanac. 2014′s growing season is here and I couldn’t be happier! I know I didn’t update with last year’s bucket garden results the way I intended. But let me show you my plants about July at the beginning of harvesting.
If you turn and face the other direction on my porch you would see my her garden area and the onion/leek spot and rainwater catchment container. For a first time bucket garden we had a pretty good season. I learned alot. And will definitely use that knowledge to my advantage this year and share with you. Here is one morning’s harvest in early July off four tomato plants.
I use heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. The tomatoes above are the yellow pear, pearly pink, mini orange, and genovese. I highly recommend Baker Creek’s selection of seeds. Every variety I grew was the best tasting I had ever had. You won’t be disappointed. and don’t feel like you have waited too late to start. Last year I started my seeds at the end of February and first of March and I still had more tomatoes and peppers than we could eat. Plus the plants produced late into the year since it took a while to get cold. I was still harvest at the end of October and first of November. I saved seeds from last year’s harvest to plant this year and have $0 out of pocket expense to start my bucket garden this year.
One thing I am doing differently this year is I am using seed trays instead of egg shells for growing my seedlings. And I’m also using continuous light to help them grow big and strong indoors before transfer. I didn’t have alot of money for artificial grow lights and stands and all that so here is my cheap solution.
Yes, that is my stove with the hood light on. The seedlings are loving that light, warm place. If I’m cooking I move them to the table out of the way. Otherwise, this is their home this year. So here’s to great gardens everyone!