So, my mesclun has sprouted well, and today I got giddy seeing that my spaghetti squash was also poking through! Still no sign of the onions or strawberries. The strawberries are a real disappointment, but at least the seeds were free.
I started some more seeds today – more onions, leeks, and some cauliflower. I wasn’t that excited about the cauliflower, but I got the seeds for free. Over the last week my daughter has eaten an entire head of cauliflower by herself, so this may be a good one after all!
I wanted to start the tomatoes today (I’m running out of time) but the packages were very clear that the soil temp needed ot be at 21C. I had left the soil outside, so it was way too cold. I’ve moved it inside on the floor with the radiant heat, so it should be up to temperature soon enough. I have a lot of tomatoes to start, so I hope to get them going in waves, this week and every week after for about 3 weeks, 4 at most.
I’m brewing a batch of ESB (Extra Special Bitter) Ale right now. I’m also racking the Nut Brown from the secondary fermenter to the keg tonight. Busy day!
In a (brief) moment of calm I enjoyed a glass of cider solo at St. Augustines (on the Drive). I sat on the patio enjoying what felt like the first day of spring. I had a local apple cider “homestead cider”, brewed by http://www.vistadoro.com/index.html. It was really good, very dry, very tart. It took me quite a few sips to warm up to it, but I did. It reminded me how wonderful it would be to have a few espaliered fruit trees in the back. I really know nothing about fruit trees though. I suppose it’s one of those “patience” endeavours as it takes a few years to start seeing production. Careful pruning required. How many trees would I need to get enough yield? Are the same apples good for eating as for cider? How close to a wall can they be? I am going to have to do some research. Perhaps I will be able to splurge on some in the fall. Sure would be an amazing addition. Imagine pear trees for cider… YUM!
Did any of you do some gardening today? It was the perfect day for it…