July 17th – First Basil Harvest


500+ grams of mostly tops.


May 2nd to 25th Update

May 2nd planted more Arugula (deck box).

May 3rd planted more lettuce and nasturtiums

May 5th planted more Arugula (box below the deck)

May 11th Arugula planted on May 3rd is coming up.

May 11th seeded a section of the main raised bed with lettuce.

May 11th first peas planted.

May 11-17th various transplanting and stuff that I can’t remember. Nasturtiums coming up in greenhouse.

May 17th  seeded more lettuce (Butterhead), basil and nasturtiums.

May 18th seeded two wall (lattice boxes) with nasturtiums.

May 22nd transplanted lettuce into section of main raised bed.

May 23rd seeded more lettuce (Butterhead and other non-green Romaine varieties).

May 24th raked and fertilized (composted manure) berry and lilac bushes.

May 25th peas coming up.

April 15th Update

Most of the tomatoes came up within 7 to 10 days as per usual. I re-seeded last weekend the plugs that didn’t have sprouts. Of course, a few late ones came up a day or two later after the second seeding.

Lettuce planted in the greenhouse has not come up and perhaps won’t since there have been some cold nights since the end of March (a weed came up though, surprise, surprise). Going to plant some more lettuce this weekend. May also try some arugula soon too.

Time to seed some basil inside.

I’ve built the frame to hold my new LED grow light. Just a cheap light from CanTire ($27) plus $21 for a socket, reflector and clamp. But if it does as well as the fluorescent lights have done then I’ll buy several more. I’ve set up a cross beam 1×2 that is held in place by spring clamps on each of two posts (2×2). the posts are attached to the sides of the box that holds my four 4 ft fluorescent lights.  The beam is where the LED lights clamp on to and then you can move the lights up and down to adjust for plant growth. This set up will ideally work well for my tomatoes when they get bigger. If I install more lights, this will also double the growing space I have in the same square footage – from about 8 sq ft to 16 sq ft – so it will allow more plants to be started as well as to keep them inside longer.

Weather was unusually warm two weekends ago but since then it got colder and since then the snow is melting slowly.

The box where I’ll start my first arugula is almost completely thawed. This could in part be due that the soil was fairly dry last Fall. Found some weird white stuff that looks like cream cheese in the dirt. Very strange find but par for post winter as many weird things are discovered as the snow and ice recede.