The thyme seeds I planted are coming up. Barely, but there. I had no luck with thyme the last time I tried starting them from seed, but with a bit more experience knew that one of the important things with many seeds is that some of them need light to germinate. Thyme is one of them. Our instinct when planting is to cover the seeds with soil, but that can be counterproductive. I’ve got a flat planted up with a bit of everything I normally grow in the herb category; thyme, basil, dill, and sage, maybe a couple of others I’ve forgotten. These were sown in the six packs on 2/27/21, so just at a week old. None of the others, except for a couple of very tiny dill seedlings, are showing signs of life yet.
Also today I planted some of the potatoes, the red ones, and I’ll get the russets tomorrow after their cut sides have a chance to dry out and “heal”. These are just supermarket potatoes, I’ve done both, planted “certified seed potatoes” and potatoes from the store that are sprouting and quite frankly I’ve not seen a whole lot of difference in either quality or quantity. One thing is that when one buys the seed potatoes at least the varieties are known whereas with the supermarket spuds the best I can usually do is “red” or “russet”. This year I opted to intentionally purchase a package of organic potatoes specifically for planting reasoning that they would be unlikely to have been sprayed with chemicals that inhibit sprouting (specifically CIPC – Isopropyl N-(3-chlorophenyl) carbamate). Now, I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to be eating a foodstuff that has been treated with chemicals. Everything in existance is pretty much made up of chemicals, but there is a limit, all things in moderation as the saying goes.
This particular bed hasn’t had much done to it beyond being topped off with a couple inches of homemade compost and tilled with the Mantis mini tiller. Sunny does that, the Mantis does not like me but he knows how to coax it and sweet talk it into working. I also scattered a bit of a homemade organic fertilizer concoction in each trench – basically blood & bone meal, Tone organic fertilizer, plus a bit of green sand. Earlier in the season I lightly scattered some wood ash on top. Who knows what will happen?
I’ve got green peas, sometimes called “English” peas here, started in another bed. It’s real iffy planting these here, we get hot so quickly. This particular variety is ‘Green Arrow’. I’m hopeful, but it really depends on the weather. If it gets very hot, very soon, then they may not do well if at all. That said, I have run across a mention somewhere on the web of someone in, I think, Arizona (!) that grew them successfully by keeping them well watered. I’ll try that, but since we have such a high humidity and the Desert Southwest is, well, desert, that technique may not work here. We’ll see.