Progress on the Tomato Starts

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Here’s an update on those tomatoes that were spending the nights in the oven. Sasha “pricked them out”, which means she moved them from the big community trays to the apartment trays shown here. We no longer take them in at night, and lately the biggest problem has been overheating. Overheating happens when Sasha leaves in the morning and says, “Make sure my tomato plants don’t broil”, I say “Ok”, but then I start working on some other chore, and well you know…

Little Greenhouse, Plastic Raised

Depicted here is me lifting the plastic off of the little greenhouse in an effort to release some of the super-heated air that built up in the fifteen minutes or so when my attention lapsed as the sun peeked out from behind the clouds during an overcast day.

Meanwhile, Back on the Farm

I keep meaning to write about the farm but a combination of our slow progress towards getting anything done and my obsessions with politics and macroeconomics have been preventing that. So here’s some quick updates:

Sasha has been making little mounds in the garden, and in the middle of each she placed a blackberry bush, which at this point is just a little stick. Also, she put some broccoli along with the berry bushes on three of the mounds. Our timing was, as usual, lousy. Immediately after putting these in a storm blow through. It dumped some rain in Norfolk but here in Suffolk all we got was wind and tornado watches. Small mound (about 4ft diam with stick poking out the top.

But none of the little sticks blew over, and it happens to be raining now, so I expect most of these will survive.

By Sasha’s command, I’ve been digging trenches for potatoes.

Me, with shovel

In the the trenches we drop potato pieces, each of which is about a 1 inch cube containing at least one eye.

Trenches, about 8 inches wide and deep, and 3 feet apart

We had Bill dig a basement for our smoker. I’ll describe this in more detail as it progresses.

Square hole, about 16x24 inches, and 8 inches deep
And Sasha’s been growing tomatoes, peppers, and ground cherries in the oven.

2 Trays of tomato starts in the oven

We keep them in the oven at night and put them outside in a tiny plastic greenhouse in the morning. For four days we kept the light on in the oven at night, for warmth, but now that the seedlings have grown a bit we stopped doing that and will soon stop taking them in at night. And of course, they’ll soon be planted.