Our peppers are up and growing; I’ll plant tomatoes tomorrow! — 11 Comments

  1. Wow, that looks super creamy and delicious! I’m not a huge red pepper fan, but I have used them in sauces and enjoyed them. And with gnocchi, well you can’t go wrong

  2. laurie,

    I would hill the potatoes with soil, then ad a couple of inches of the chipped bark over that. Bark chips make great mulch, but do sometimes hinder the nitrogen intake of the plants. Used like that, I think they’ll do fine, protected from greening by the mulch and being able to draw nutrients from the soil, as well.


  3. I wanted to say a late congratulations on getting engaged. That’s a lot of tomato varieties. I get overwelmed with four or five. I really enjoy watching young plants sprout and watch how fast they grow. It’s amazing the speed they grow.

  4. About leggy tomatoes: I occasionally cheat with the really leggy ones by bending them over and using a forked stick to “pin” the stem to a second starter pot. Often it will root, giving you 2 tomato plants for the price of one leggy one. Or, I sometimes clip the top and plant it as a cutting, just poke a pencil in the dirt and slip the stem into the hole.

    (I have some tomatoes growing indoors that I grew from cuttings shortly before the garden got frozen out. They’re unbelievably leggy, but come springtime they’ll supply the cuttings for my next garden. I’ve nicknamed them my “forever tomatoes”. I noticed last year that while something kept attacking my tomato seedlings almost as soon as I put them out, the cuttings were left alone.)

  5. a question about hilling potatoes.
    my husband has a pile of chinese elm bark that has been chipped a year ago with a super tomahawk flayle chipper. it’s almost dust, would this make good material for mounding potatoes?
    thank you,
    laurie hammer
    blaine, mn

  6. Lisa,

    I know;our snow’s at least that deep, but planting makes spring seem closer.

    I think the barn is Will’s present to me and mine to him. It’s something we’ve both wanted for a long time! Better not be a wedding gift or who knows when we’d get married is we had to have it done by then!


  7. nancy,

    Don’t give up! Peppers are sometimes real slow starters. I’ve had some take 4 weeks!

    Will wanted to try some seeds of ours that I got 18 years ago. I planted them and guess what? all germinated and look great !


  8. I started my peppers about two weeks ago. My seeds were older, not one has come up. Guess I will have to start over. I have a different kind of peat pellet also that I don’t think I like. Will get the more familuar ones next time I go to town.

  9. In response to the reader who wanted a source of heirloom plants and seeds, Selected Plants in Alabama will ship plants. Darrel Jones has a very large collection of tomatoes, plus peppers, tomatillos, eggplant, etc. He’s a home gardener whose gardening enthusiasm took over!

  10. Good morning Jackie.
    Glad to hear your peppers are sprouting. I am looking to start doing the peppers also, but it is hard to get motivated when there is still +2Ft of snow on the ground! But spring will coming and I better get moving. I think your blogs are great, but this is something I wanted to share with your readers. This weekend I made yogurt in a crockpot for the first time and it is delicious! I have huge cans of evaporated milk (3QT size), so I have been having a hard time trying to use up the whole can and I don’t know how it would turn out for re-canning. Anyhoo, used that in the yogurt and it is great. In fact, it is more like the ‘greek’ yogurt that is all the rage…double the protein since the milk ‘concentrated’. Also the yogurt doesn’t seem to have as much sour taste as the store bought stuff. Well, thanks for you great advice in the past, and also for letting me sound off. Have a great day. Ps. Is the new barn going to be your wedding gift from Will? :-)