Today I seeded spinach, arugula and broccoli raab outdoors, in the garden. I’m sure our 50 F. temperatures won’t last, but this will give the greens a head start, when it really does warm up. I’m not sure how much of a difference it will make, since they grow pretty fast anyway, but it’s 50 degrees outside and I’m not going to waste it sitting at my computer.
I also started eggplant and pepper seeds indoors. They’re such slow pokes, even on a heating pad. And if spring should come early, I want them ready and waiting. I know a lot of people don’t grow eggplant because it needs such a long, hot growing season and in cooler climates you don’t always get many fruits per plant, but I’ve had great luck growing them in containers. I use at least a 2 gallon pot for each plan. Generally I reuse a black plastic pot. They’re perfect because they get nice and warm and make the eggplants feel right at home.
The other trick that has kept me in eggplants is to grow the long, narrow Asian varieties. I really love ‘Ping Tung’ and Thai or ‘Louisiana Long Green’. They grow quickly, are prolific and they hold their texture when cooked. Oh, and they’re delicious. Being long and thin, they’re great for slicing and grilling or cutting into rounds and frying.
I’m always open to more suggestions for growing eat lovers in my hit and miss climate. If you have any, let me know.