Friday, my leek plants from Johnny’s Selected Seeds arrived, but this weekend it was so cold and windy I did not get them planted. I’m not sure when it will happen now, but preparing a bed in those winds was not happening. Sigh. Instead, on Sunday I planted Zinnia seed seeds. Lots of Zinnia seeds, 60 paper cups worth, a mix of Envy green, Benary’s Giant, and dahlia and cactus flowered. Some will be for my garden (as I love zinnias for cutting in the late summer) and the rest I’ll be bringing to my Master Gardener program seed, seedling and plant swap. I just need to say that so far, I am really pleased with the paper cup method. The amazing bionic gardener Annie’s Granny commented that she uses them successfully, so I am feeling even happier about them. (In case you are unfamiliar with her blog, Annie’s Kitchen Garden, you should check it out. I’m tired just reading it — she is AMAZING!) The paper cups appear to be inexpensive and easy — my favorite word combo, so good news there!
I can’t believe I didn’t think to save the pepper plants I so cruelly thinned a few weeks ago! What was I thinking?! Those would have been perfect to re-pot and donate to the swap. Arghh. Ah well, I did have a couple late sprouters which I did separate and re-pot. I also have a good number of tomatoes I can do the same to — but I need to pick up some more potting soil from Johnny’s first. The seedlings are looking good, and I’ve been regularly exposing them to the great outdoors, so hardening them off should be a breeze.
The swap will be at the end of the month in Waterville. We’ll have perennials, seedlings all hardened off and ready to go, and seeds to swap for or purchase. Maine gardeners, let me know if you want more details!