yep. it's march. we haven't been hit as bad as some areas of north america, but it has been much colder and we have gotten way more snow than usual!
we also had a january and february with unusually-long stretches of gray, gray days. but we've also had some really sunny days, too, thank goodness! i am ready for march to be over because then i can start using the greenhouse to start cold weather crops - woohoo! more on how the greenhouse will be used for this year's planting will come in future posts. for now, i just sit with my buckets of seeds, sort them, re-sort them, plan the rotation of starting seeds in the house, moving them to the greenhouse in a hotbox, then moving them onto the shelves in the greenhouse, then finally putting the plants in the ground.
the tomatoes will be started super-early this year and kept in the house in a grow-light contraption that jambaloney will make this weekend. the tomatoes will stay in the house, and after a few weeks, they'll be potted and put out in the greenhouse. i will keep them there flourishing and will not put them in the ground until the first week of june. by that time they'll already be flowering which means we'll have tomatoes by july - woohoo!
the peppers will live in the greenhouse all summer and then be brought back in the house to overwinter. here is one shelf of peppers that we tried to overwinter to see what would happen. have a look.
we actually have 2 shelves of these peppers for a total of 12 pepper plants that survived the winter! in the pic above you can see a red pepper and a green pepper! the peppers certainly didn't thrive, but they didn't die and some of them continued to flower and produce a few extra peppers! have a look at how thick the stalks are becoming.
they are becoming like little trees! and did you notice the buds? there's more buds on this one below.
they will be re-potted into much bigger pots in the next month or so...we are just waiting for the days to get longer so that we can put them on the plastic-wrapped porch during the day (it's like a greenhouse out there!) and then bring the pots in the house at night. we won't put the peppers out into the actual greenhouse until we are certain that we will have frost free nights.
my question is: HAS ANYONE EVER DONE THIS BEFORE? overwintered peppers? if these plants keep growing and producing there will be no need to start from seeds or am i getting something wrong here? and if you can overwinter peppers then why not tomatoes? i am just terribly excited about all of this year's gardening adventures.
anyway, here's a good way to use up some peppers - stir-fried onions, peppers, avocado and a greek yoghurt/cucumber/garlic/dehydrated green onion spread. yummeh!
our community has been very busy this week, meeting up, getting donations, contacting businesses, selling tickets - and we just know that this benefit dance for our friend will be a huge success! we have a great community of people, none of whom are rich in money, but very rich in giving of their time and energy to help each other out. we feel blessed to be a part of it.
i'll leave you off with a beautiful sunset.
jambaloney is at LobstersRUs today working his magic and i am figuring out what to make the poor guy for supper. as well as the usual petting cats, kissing cats, cat taxis, regular cleaning up duties...all that boring stuff. but i will stop in from time to time and check out your blogs. i am at least a week behind in reading and commenting on some of them, but that is only because we have spent the last week doing so much running around. i'll get to your blogs to be sure!