After the hard freeze we were hit with yesterday morning, it's beginning to look really promising for an April 25th. planting date for the warm season plants. That means I need to start hardening them off right away!
I'll soon be planting all the seedlings that are on the right (glass) table, and giving away all of those on the left and under the card table. You can see I'm not planting so many tomatoes this year, but I am going to buy a 4-pack from the nursery as soon as they get the variety in that I want. There are 37 pepper plants that I am for sure going to find room for. If I have enough space, I may plant a few from the "give away" table. I have 8 cherry tomatoes on my table, and that might be cut back to planting just 4 of them. So far I have 8 regular tomatoes, but plan on ending up with 12......a lot fewer than previous years! There are 7 basil plants, 1 Arp rosemary and a bunch of cosmos.
As soon as Mr. Granny wakes up from his nap (he gets really tired from watching The Price is Right, LOL), I'll get the frame built for the garden cart. I can't get the battery off of the power screw driver so I can put on a fresh one. I'll put as many of the seedlings as I can get into the cart, and have clear plastic on hand to cover them if the weather turns too stormy. At night I can just wheel the cart into the garden shed. A week of pushing them in and out should harden them sufficiently to plant them out.
While waiting for Mr. Granny, I dug a few new garden beds. There is a small 2'x6' at the back (in front of the gate) for future carrots, and two 4'x6' beds on the right, the first of several for future corn. Between the corn beds and the red string is a path, and there is another path along the right side fence. To the left of the red string, all along that fence line, will be where the peppers are planted. The neighbor cleaned up her side of the fence last fall, and planted a couple of rhodies. Now it is just solid with milkweed again, even worse than last year :-(