I canned some salsa, green beans, and more pickles this weekend. For the pickles, I used the same recipe as before. For the salsa, I used a recipe from the Ball website. I like salsa that is mostly vegetables. Basically, I won’t make any with a recipe that calls for sugar or anything extra other than spices. I found the bean recipe from a Costco magazine. It contains essentially the same thing as dill cucumber pickles with cayenne pepper added. I can’t wait to try these in a few weeks!
Last night I started the zucchini and yellow squash in fiber pots. The containers seemed a little small, but I guess they won’t be in them too long before they get planted in the beds. Tonight I hope to get more radishes seeds planted and my peppers transplanted into larger containers – unless it rains.
This evening I transplanted my tomato seedlings into larger containers, and was hoping to do the same with my peppers but I ran out of supplies. Once they’ve had a few days to settle in, I am going to begin hardening them by taking them outdoors in the evening at first, and then progressing to putting them in a shady spot in the morning to sit all day. Once they make it through that, I will leave them in the sun and only take them in at night when the temp dips down. It sounds like a little bit of work, but I didn’t do this much with the broccoli which led to its demise. Oh, and I am doing the quick version of this now with the lettuce and romaine I will be planting this week as well.
I brought the pepper plant in the house, put it on the seedling heating pad, gave it a bit of warm water and it popped back to life. The rest of the plants seem to be doing well, except that some seem to be taking a little longer to germinate than I would expect. I think I might be planting them too deep, and it has been getting fairly cool at night. I feel like we are about to turn a corner and everything will take off any day now!
So the jalapenos I’ve been trying to start for the past month have pretty much been a failure. One out of thirty. But while shopping at Lowe’s for fountain parts, I wandered by the seedlings and saw “TAM Jalapenos.” I was actually looking for seeds of this variety during the past winter, but to no avail. I read online that the TAM variety have all the flavor of regular Jalapenos but almost no heat. I decided to buy one to compare to the only “False Alarm” plant I was able to start. Looking forward to grilled cream cheese stuffed jalapenos this summer.
Well, its been a few days since I posted something, but you can’t expect too much when you read some poor hacks attempt at a blog about gardening. I haven’t done much by way of the garden this week, except to start seasoning the seedlings to be planted. One of the False Alarm Jalapeno seeds germinated a few days ago to my surprise. I thought they were all goners. It looks like it may rain most of the week, but I will try to get things planted when the weather allows.
Started tomato and basil plants this evening. Still waiting for the jalapenos to sprout, but the bell peppers I started last week germinated and were actually quite tall. I need to rearrange how I have them placed under the light, perhaps tomorrow.
Plant jalapenos and bell pepper starts in the garden this week.