Okay, Plants on Deck is cleaning house.Wanna’ help? Volunteer to adopt some seeds!
Gardening tools have been cleaned and hidden away (for that matter, shelves have been dusted, bathroom scrubbed, kittens emptied, and kitchen cabinets scoured — but that’s all a little tangential, sorry) and pots have been stashed for the winter.
And guess what? There’s a pile of seeds that aren’t going to wind up on deck again next year. Want ’em? Just let me know.
Fire off an email to plantsondeck at gmail.com and they’ll arrive in your mailbox. Voila. It’s that easy. Just sharing the gardening love.
Parmex carrots (Cook’s Garden): Cute, little golf ball-sized sweet carrots. Great for containers and companion planting. Not-A-Poblano (Happy Cat Organics): AKA jalapenos — produced heavily. Isis Candy (Territorial Seed Company): Super-sweet indeterminate cherry tomato Black Cherry(D. Landreth): Pretty, dark-skinned indeterminate cherry tomato Mammoth Basil (Cook’s Garden): Super-huge leaves. Great for pizzas. Fairly mild. Iznik Hybrid (Cook’s Garden) True Lemon(Happy Cat Organics): Prolific lemon cucumber. Assertive, slightly bitter taste. Spacemaster Cucumber Purple Beans (who knows?) Bambino (Cook’s Garden): Tiny purple eggplants Filet Fin Des Bagnols (Cook’s Garden): Heirloom French bush beans Pepper Cress (?): Spicy cool-weather accent green Cleome Solo (Cook’s Garden): Tall white “spider flower” Lavender Munstead (Cook’s Garden)
And counting: only 6-7 weeks before planting on deck commences.
Despite the cold rain falling on freshly seeded radishes, the flowers (cleome, lavender, and the random seeds saved from last year’s annuals) and Happy Catpoblanos found their way onto the sill. In a couple more weeks, cucumbers and melons will join the ranks.
Already, POD’s beginning the forget-me-not notes for next year… and this, dear readers is why Plants On Deck got started in the first place. Unable to remember all the little things discovered throughout the growing process, this serves as a resource to my future forgetful self. Although the organic soil potting soil has been sterilized, next year POD’s going to spring for a specialized seed starting mix. It’s lighter and less likely to harbor diseases.
Try to keep your seeds warm and moist (but not wet) as they germinate — approximately 70-80 degrees.
And checking it twice. It’s hard to believe as this week’s blizzard blows (please, read that as you will) but there were reasons for optimism last weekend. The sun was shining and the 40-degree temps were rapidly melting the blackened snow heaps still dotting Philly’s streets.