I have been slowly planting seeds that take 7 to 10 days to germinate into my raised beds but yesterday after looking at the long range forecast I threw caution to the wind and began adding my tomatoes after all here in Zone 5 and 6 we usually wait until Memorial Day weekend.
One variety of tomato came from as far as Texas as a friend brought it back for me and two others she gifted me from a local garden shop in Candia NH, the deal is you buy early or chance losing out on your favorites.
I also started seeds for my own abundance of peppers and tomatoes back in March. They were placed in trays of 72 using a small greenhouse, with lights in my art room. When they had their true leaves I repotted them and added them to a larger version of greenhouse in late April outside. I will also gift my friend what she could use as we grow different things and we will use some in our garden club project at the library, which begins in earnest on Friday.
There will be the garden designer and her crew of 3 as well as Master Gardeners and others with a lot of garden knowledge who will tackle the front and side gardens which will include all native trees, shrubs, fruit(blueberries) and perennials.
I am told there will be 900+ in total and that not until the third year will they shine.
I am hoping the Pollinator’s come and the people who live here or pass through this town appreciate what it is our three groups are trying to do here.
Those of us who are also volunteers with our Friends of the Library group held a fundraiser to close in the area on the backside(first photo) where you see a green space left by a door no longer needed, with engraved bricks for $100.00 each and then for $50.00 you could get a brick engraved for garden pathways.
Epping is known for the bricks once made here in our clay pits that being said lots of enriched soil has been ordered to give each new plant a fighting chance and then we need rain badly as we have had very little of late of course a thunderstorm is possible on Saturday as we push to get the perennials in the ground and cover the area with pretty wood chips. The natural type.
More to come if you are local I hope you take the time to stop by.
Hand surgery next month so I better get moving!