Yesterday turned out to be a very dreary, gloomy kind of day. The sun never came out from behind the thick, gray clouds and it drizzled on and off for most of the day. The field is super-saturated so there was no hope of getting out there. But, despite the weather, Saturday turned out to be very productive. Marketmore 76 Cucumber, Waltham Butternut Squash, Connecticut Field Pumpkin, Yellow Crookneck Squash, Crimson Sweet Watermelon, and Dukat Dill transplants were started.
These plants (except for the dill) belong to the plant family called Cucurbitaceae. Dill belongs to the Apiaceae family. Neither Cucurbits or Apiaceaes like their roots disturbed so everything was planted into 2 1/2″ peat pots to make transplanting them to the garden less stressful. We just filled each pot about 2/3 full with soil, dropped in one seed per pot, covered the seed nice and firm with more soil, and then watered them really good. Everything is now tucked away warm and cozy inside the tiny greenhouse.
Everything will be ready to set into the garden by May 1st. There’s nothing sweeter than a juicy, crisp cucumber picked straight off the vine. We are getting really excited! 🙂