Now that the garden is established, we had a dilemma as to what to do with the leftover seedlings that didn’t get planted. We had tentatively discussed putting them on Freecycle, and last night J announced he was sick of tending to the unplanted seedlings and I should post them to the list. He put the trays out on the front porch last night, and wondered if anyone would be interested. My experience with the list has been there is a taker for everything.
Particularly free seedlings.
I posted this morning just before 8:30. It’s now just over two hours later, and I’ve had over 30 responses. It helps that we offered a lot of variety – tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, summer squash & peppers. The first respondant sent her email within 2 minutes of my post and has already picked them up. I reposted that the seedlings were taken, but the emails still keep coming in. I’m the kind of person who responds to everyone, so I’ve been letting people know that they’re taken. Several people have mentioned in their emails that they’re behind with seedlings this year and they wouldn’t have a garden without getting seedlings, so I’ve recommended our local nursery. This is so much more fun than focusing on work.
Only one set of our plants is from a nursery – I purchased Brandywine seedlings when I was picking up flowers for the pots I have all over the front porch. When I read The $64 Tomato the author went on and on about how good Brandywine tomatoes taste, so I asked at the nursery while I was there. Sure enough, they had some, so I bought a flat of six and we planted five. Bradywine tomatoes are an heirloom tomato, which I’ve discovered is code for “might not look so pretty.” I am okay with that, if they taste as good as that guy said they do. If they don’t, I’m totally writing him a letter. False advertising!
The potatoes, carrots and lettuce have all sprouted. I’ll try to get some photos tonight, even though the carrots and lettuce can hardly be seen (and I can’t weed right now, for fear of accidentally mistaking the carrots for grass blades.) The potatoes look really good. I should really figure out what the signs are that the potatoes are ready to harvest. I think I read someplace that the plants die, and that’s when you harvest them. You would think, being Irish, I would have some idea. But I’m pretty sure I’m the first person in my family to grow potatoes since we left the Old Country.