Started most of the plants for the garden from seed. Tomatoes (Jelly Bean and Beefsteak), Beans (Italian Green and Purple Green), Catnip, Basil, Cillantro, Marigold, Sun Flowers and Giant Pumpkin. I started some Stevia from seed but the plants were very weak. Not sure if I started them too early. Used the starter trays with domes to grow the seeds. Kept them inside for several weeks to get them to germinate. Move them out the garage and kept them under timed lighting until planting.
I did buy a Stevia plant and two Mr. Stripey Tomato plants. Next year I would simply purchase some tomato plants and start just the herbs and beans. I started some peter pepper plants and tobacco from seed. They will enter the garden in mid June.
I found a set of golf clubs during a Mojo the dog walk. The set is a beginner set; opened up the storage pocket on the bag and found a scorecard from the Country Club of Warczaw. Wonder if the clubs fell out of a plane? The set had one of the first metal head drivers (McHenry Metals, now Taylor Made) and a Sam Snead iron. The Sam Snead iron has no grooves, probably a niblick, used to chip onto a green. I’ve reshafted a number of golf clubs over the years, saved the safts and put them to use as props up some plants and fencing. I think Fujikura shafts are required for proper gardening.
My neighbor gave me a couple of tomato cages. I peeled open one and made a straight fence to support the beans. The other his holding up the Sun Flowers. I will make some cages for the new batch of tomatoes once they start their take-off of growth.
The Giant Pumpkins were placed outside of the garden boxes. Five plants in the space. We can see which one is strongest and make a cull. I will add more soil to the pumpkin patch to isolate them from the late summer rains.
The plants went in on Monday and the weather has been fine. All of the pumpkins look strong.