Saturday, February 7, 2009

snap pea challenge check in

Just wanted to check in with everyone who signed up for the snap pea challenge. If you haven't signed up yet, you still have a week to get your seeds, grab a plant bulb from the hardware store, and throw a small bag of potting soil in the shopping cart. We're planting our seeds next Sunday, and if all goes as planned we'll all be throwing those beautiful pods into our stir fries in a few short weeks. It's going to be such a mud season treat to eat food we grew ourselves, right in the comfort of our own kitchens. later this week I'll write up a small tutoria on getting your seeds started, but for now, can't hurt to do some old fashioned book-learning. Dust off those gardening hardcovers off the library shelves. We've got an order coming up.

Also, the new Feb/March issue of Mother Earth News has a whole story on peas. Read up kids because it's a fine article by Barbara Pleasant that's great homework for the challenge. It also wouldn't hurt to do a little online research on your lunch breaks at the office, afterall you have some decisions to make. Like are you going to soak them the night before you plant them? Are you going to get little peat pots and start your seedlings on a heating pad or just wing it like I am? Get pumped week in counting and spring is on it's way.


Blogger Heather said...

My sugar snap pea seeds are on backorder (sigh) but maybe they will make it down here on time.

I got some peat pots and potting soil. All I need are the seeds!

February 7, 2009 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger DivaHick said...

I'm making my own pots out of old newspaper. We also decided to start a salad mix in the basement with a grow light.

February 7, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The seeds came the other day, picked up the grow light and some peat pots today; am ready to go.

How many signed on for the challenge?

February 7, 2009 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

you know i don't know? I have to count..

February 7, 2009 at 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seeds check. peat pots check. lights check. mother earth ready to go!

February 7, 2009 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm actually going to try to grow two pots; one here at home, and the other one at the office. My department is full of store-food eaters. Gonna bring them a bit of alternative-ness!

February 8, 2009 at 8:24 AM  
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February 8, 2009 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Shaun said...

Our seeds came yesterday. Organic Amish Snap peas from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. We are going to get our grow light today and are going to use recycled quart containers from buying mushrooms at the farmers market to start our seeds in. I also started my chili peppers and Cayenne peppers as well. I may have to start my peas a couple days early or late though, as I will be in NYC for the entirety of next weekend.

February 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Due to how far South I am, I jumped the gun a bit and planted mine yesterday when I did the rest of my seeds in those little jiffy-wafer things that plump up in water. Once they sprout, I'm going to try a sunny window instead of a grow-light until they are ready to go in the garden.
I can't wait!!

February 8, 2009 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Grow light - don't think I need one. It was 70F today...

February 8, 2009 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger yarrow said...

i planted peas today! Amish Snaps. also beets, chard, lettuce, onions, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and leeks.

February 8, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger sara amber said...

hey jenna - on the seeds of change website, they had seeds for a pea plan that grew into a bush, eliminating the need for a trellis. my question for you is will i even need a trellis here in my kitchen or will i be moving them to the outside garden before then? clearly, i have a lot to learn!

February 8, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger girlandcat5 said...

My snap peas are on the way, along with lettuce, peppers, squash, and a blueberry plant. I am trying to work out how to grow strawberries in a hanging planter as well. My apartment will be overflowing with produce....hopefully. I was at the store today and very confused about the grow lights...are you guys using those expensive floresant things or just the bulbs you put into any fixture...i have never started seeds inside before and have much to learn. Do the bulbs really work???

February 8, 2009 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

hey there girl&cat,

so these "grow lights" are actually plant lights. they say "plant light" on the box. I bought one this weekend, a regular lightbulb (60 watt) for 4.95 at Home Depot. I use them for starting seeds and indoor growing because it really does help. You just cna;t have the light too close to the plant. i can casue spindly seedling. Not good.

Maybe you don't need it, but since it's winter and cold for a lot of us, it;s insurance.

Im glad you're commenting now! And your garden sounds amazing! congrats on doing it. I know you cna buy hanging bags of strawberries. google that shit.

February 8, 2009 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger jere said...

i went ahead and got my seeds today locally because the ones i wanted online might not get here in time. also got potting kits with those cute little peat discs. fwiw, i've always done better with the flourescent bulbs than the plant lights for starting seeds, but i need all the help i can get!

February 9, 2009 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Mine are going straight outside. I actually wanted them to go in yesterday, but it was not to be. We had 35 mph winds all weekend. Not easy to get anything done that way! Looks like I'll be planting this weekend with the rest of you. I have Oregon Sugar Pod and Alaska to put in. :)

February 9, 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger anna banana said...

Hi Jenna,

I didn't sign up before, but I'm in as well! I'm going to try to plant outside in an 18 gallon rubbermaid-type container. I have a pretty mild micro-climate in my backyard here in Queens, and I want to find out how early I can plant out since last year it got blisteringly hot REALLY soon after I planted my lettuce, spinach and peas (thus indicating that I had waited too long to do it, haha).


February 9, 2009 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

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February 9, 2009 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger spinyurchin said...

I'm in! I always plant my pea seeds too late so this will be good for me. Thanks!
p.s. Anna Banna, I just read your comment and wanted to add that the same thing happens to me!

February 9, 2009 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

By my calculations, you have 79 participants in the challenge at this point. I'm only counting those folks on this thread that mention that they didn't sign up before. With only 11 more folks, you'd DOUBLE your goal. Whatcha say, folks? Any more takers?

February 9, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Malorie said...

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February 10, 2009 at 4:33 AM  
Blogger Malorie said...

I am really excited about this, but I still am waiting on seeds. This will be my first indoor garden experience. It should be interesting! I am looking forward to seeing the difference from outdoor planting.

February 10, 2009 at 4:33 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Hey Jenna! We're in too!

February 10, 2009 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm singing the back-order blues too! I'll just start when they come. :(

February 10, 2009 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hi Jenna, I've been lurking here since I read about you in BUST. I'm reading your book right now and I am up for the challenge! Yay for peas!

February 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM  
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