Saturday, April 19, 2008


The seedlings are doing great. Growing really big and all. The peas, spinach and swiss chard were all transplanted a few weeks ago and are doing well.

The rest, which are mostly tomatoes moved outside about a week and a half ago. They are living in a large rubbermaid container that is acting as a makeshift cold frame. I remove the lid in the morning and put it on at night. The high sides protect them from the wind. The tomatoes are ready to transplant into big pots and put out into the elements. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about them. I don't want to fill our deck with pots but I also don't want to waste our seedlings. I guess I'll start transplanting them and see what I end up with. I may end up giving some away.


Farmgirl_dk: said...

I'm soooo late. I just started my tomato seedlings late last week! Those are some nice looking tomato plants!

hillbilly2be said...

Nice idea for a cold frame, Christy! Your seedlings look really great, especially those tomatoes. Congrats!


Christy said...

I just hope I'm able to move them succesfully. I'd hate to lose them all and have to start all over.

Twinville said...

What a great idea for a cold frame.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think a few tomato pots lined up pretty, with maybe a couple flower post mixed between, would turn off potential buyers.

And hey, if I can transport a 7 ft tall banana leaf tree from New Mexico to South Carolina and then back to New Mexico 7 years later, I know you can transport a few tomato plants across country, too, girlfriend!

Christy said...

I'd like to hear more about how you transported this banana tree. I have a 5 foot hybiscus I'm not willing to leave behind but I have no idea how we are going to move it.

Twinville said...

I can understand why you wouldn't want to leave your beautiful hibiscus behind. We tend to put so much time, care, and love into our plants, don't we.

My banana leaf tree is special to me because I saved it from being tossed into the garbage at a K-Mart over 14 years ago. It was only a sad, dry, two leafed 12" tree then.

But within a few years of good care, it grew to 5' tall!
It moved with us to our first home, our second home, our third home, our 4th home, back to our second home, and finally, to our 5th home here in the mountains.

We fondly call our tree the "Jolly Green Giant". My husband says to tell you that it's actually 8' tall, not 7'.

We tucked our tree into the back of a large U-Haul for the 1,200 mile journey from SC-NM. But first we soaked the dirt inside the pot good and wet and wrapped a garbage bag around the bottom of the pot and added even more water inside the bag.
(when we moved we had to keep the U-Haul at a friend's house for 4 days before we could travel, because this friend was going to help us drive the U-Haul, but had to wait until his days off from work first.)

Our banana leaf tree survived sitting in the back of a U-Haul truck, in January, for 7 days.

If our tree made it, I know your hibiscus can, too.

Christy said...

I also saved my hybiscus from the trash! A neighbor was throwing it away. That plant has thanked me so many times since. Thanks for the tips on moving it.