Lots of progress on the gardening front this week. Today I worked on my favorite part of this house: the giant window boxes on the front of the house. I put in red and white petunias just like I did last year. Petunias are probably the most pedestrian plant you can get, but I love them -- they're hardy, they're cheap, they come in a zillion colors, and they're pretty. I picked them up today at ShopKo along with several pots for the front of the house. In those I plan to plant several different kinds of flowers -- nasturtiums, morning glories, poppies, and more.
In the vegetable garden I transplanted the broccoli and the onions. Both seem to be doing fine today. I also started the bush delicata squash seeds. The only seeds I have left to plant now -- and these will go in next weekend -- are the watermelons, cucumbers, summer squash, and corn.
And speaking of the cucumbers, I had started them earlier in the greenhouse downstairs along with the watermelons. After realizing I had the light too high and I was top watering them, the watermelons began to droop as if they had damped off. I figured that I'd started them all too early and should have just been patient enough to direct seed them since they only take 55 days to mature, so I removed the tray from the greenhouse and set it on the floor of the basement. I expected them to all be dead the next day, but while the watermelons had indeed all died, the cucumbers were actually [i]thriving[/i]. So this week I began hardening them off and I hope they'll transplant well.
Everything else I'd direct seeded in the garden has come up, which is basically the root and leafy vegetables: turnips, beets, carrots, radishes, lettuce, and spinach. However, the transplanted lettuce isn't thriving; the seeds I started the same day are overtaking them. Next year I can direct seed them.
That's it this week. Everything is doing better than I expected!