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It’s been a busy couple of weeks over at the garden plot.  As of May 27, we have sowed or transplanted more than half of our plants for the summer.  Here are a couple of pictures of what the garden looks like so far:

I have transplanted half of the tomato plants so far with plans to transplant the remaining plants this evening.  Last week the tomato plants spent their first week outside, hardening off.  They were in for quite a shock as temps. climbed to 80-degrees

On Tuesday evening I transplanted the brandywine, nepal, velvet red, and red pear tomato plants:

We have also been very busy sowing/transplanting flower seeds.  We are going to grow 5 types of flowers in our plot to be used for our wedding coming up in July.  We are growing Zinnias (3 varieties), Sunflowers (zebulon), Bells of Ireland,  Rudbeckia (goldilocks), and Snapdragons.  Last Saturday, we purchased a tray each of snapdragons and zinnias to get a head start, here are some pics of them after they were transplanted:

We also sowed 3 varieties of Zinnia seed into 3- 4′ x 5′ plots.  Here is what the plots looked like on May 22:

…and 5 days later on May 27:

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The past few weeks have been  rainy/cloudy and chilly here in Ann Arbor.  After today though the forecast is looking much better.  I am hoping to get a lot of sowing/transplanting done this week and weekend.  More updates to come…
10-Day Forecast for Ann Arbor, MI (48103)

High /
Low (°F)
Precip. %
May 18
Showers 58°/47° 40 %
May 19
Mostly Sunny 74°/50° 10 %
May 20
Mostly Sunny 78°/56° 10 %
May 21
Few Showers 72°/60° 30 %
May 22
Isolated T-Storms 74°/58° 30 %
May 23
Partly Cloudy 79°/59° 20 %
May 24
Partly Cloudy 79°/60° 20 %
May 25
Scattered T-Storms 79°/61° 30 %
May 26
Isolated T-Storms 80°/61° 30 %
May 27
Sunny 82°/63° 0 %

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This weekend marks the 8 weeks to go until the last frost here in Ann Arbor (~May 15).  It also is the best time to start the tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds indoors.

This year I am planning to grow 8 varieties of tomatoes, 5 varieties of peppers, and 2 varieties of eggplant.

These are the seeds I planted today:

Stay tuned as I will continue to update the blog with pictures of the first seedlings.

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Starting the seeds

I spent this afternoon sowing seeds. I sowed the pepper seeds (5 varieties), tomato seeds (5 varieties), red onions, and eggplant. I used a sowing mix from Downtown Home and Garden and then watered the seeds with some compost tea.

The seeds will now live up on the loft for the next couple of months.

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