Spring garden activities

Two days after planting the tomato seeds I lifted the plastic lid off the starting tray to see if it needed watering and was startled by plants that had already grown one inch out of the ground. For those unfamiliar with starting tomatoes from seed, their germination rate is one hundred percent, so adding the few extras in order to ensure something will sprout is really unnecessary.

I decided to stick with Supersweet 100 and Brandywine and, lessons learned from experience, didn’t plant the entire packet again. Just because there are so many seeds in the packet, it doesn’t mean you have to use them all up. You’d be surprised how many years it took me to figure that one out.

Thus displaying restraint I ended up with a reasonable number of plants, nine of each variety to be specific, which will be more than enough for the needs of my tiny garden. I’m trying to make sure they don’t crowd the bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplants and squashes and topple their supports again.

What does that have to do with hyacinths, you ask? Not much. The beautiful spring bulbs were in bloom and I wanted to show them off. I’m working up the enthusiasm to start spring cleaning, oh, dreary task, and have ran out of excuses to put it off: the weather is great, the perennials have already started coming out of the ground and the weeds are intruding upon the herb garden.

Today I found three violets in bloom.

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