I started my early spring crops almost two weeks ago. They’re up and growing now. Today I need to concentrate on summer crops that need to be started indoors. In most areas of the US that means all your tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and the like. If I have time I’ll start some of the annuals, as well, otherwise they’ll have to wait for the next moon cycle.
Above Ground Summer Crops
Today is the last waxing day of the moon. Now I’m not a big-time moon gardener, but I decided, just yesterday, to try planting my indoor seeds according to the calendar and lo and behold, today is the last day for above ground crops for two weeks! Luckily my seeds came in yesterday, so I have a whole contingency of what I want to get in the ground this year.
I’m kinda excited to try some of the seeds I got at the seed exchange. It wasn’t really much of a seed exchange, but luckily Seeds of Change had send some free packets for people to get a few seeds from, otherwise there would have only been about 20 different seeds to choose from and most of them were beans of some sort!
My most favorite new variety to try is Sheep-nosed Pimento pepper. It just sounds cool. I’ll let you know if it really looks like a sheep’s nose.
I got a new variety of paprika pepper to try, also. We love homegrown and dried ground paprika on our homemade crackers. Homegrown paprika peppers taste entirely different from the bland stuff offered by most stores. It has a wonderful red pepper flavor, that is different from bells and chilies. It is somewhere in-between, with a distinct tang. Just writing about it makes my mouth water.
If you’ve never grown paprika peppers, and you have room in your garden, grow a couple plants this year. Dry them at a temperature below 115˚F (I do mine at 95˚F) until they are nice and dry. Then throw them in a blender (I use my Magic Bullet, because it has a blade for dry things) and pulverize it into ground paprika. You’ll discover a flavor you may never have had before. This year I’m going to grow more paprika peppers than bells, as we always seem to run out of the ground paprika before the next batch of peppers are ready.
Tomatoes & Eggplants, Oh My!
I also have several new tomato and eggplant varieties to try. Of course being from North Carolina I just had to try the ‘Hillbilly Potato Leaf’ tomato. I also picked up a tiny yellow tomato and two of the ‘black’ tomatoes. I really loved the black tomatoes a friend of mine grew one year, so am trying a few of my own this year.
The eggplants aren’t all that exciting in variety. I’m just hoping I can get the buggers to come up this year. I have a devil of a time getting eggplant seeds to sprout. If they do sprout then they seem to just sit there as a sprout and take forever to put on their first true leaves. I’m going to do a little reading today, before I plant them, to see if someone has any secrets to get them to germinate.
Plant Today If You Can
Anyway, hopefully you’re reading this early enough in the day that you, too, can get your seeds started before the moon starts waning.