The Spouse is on the phone negotiating dinner plans with the gang at the moment (just after 6:30 pm), so rather than starting the next GURPS Jorune post, which is what this was originally going to be, I'm going to talk about the gardening instead.
Finally got the beans in today. I'd saved some eggshells from the recent baking so I could cover the holes at the bottom with a few big pieces - keeps the dirt from leaking out, since those don't have drainage trays. Somehow, I managed to cut myself while breaking one of them up. I hadn't thought they were strong enough to cut skin (or maybe I'm just unusually tender?) Now I need to get some twine to trellis the beans up to the fence, and clip the various dead vines that are hanging on there already. If I'd been thinking, I'd've ordered morning glories and moonflowers for the rest of the fence.
Or maybe not. My squash seeds have still not shown up. :-( SoC says they've shipped, but they were backordered originally - maybe there was some other delay? As soon as they do arrive, I'm going to need one more rectangular planter and another bag of potting soil, which I guess I should pick up when I get the twine. And I'll probably need one more bag of potting soil for the two strawberry pots - the peat pods with the chives will be ready to transplant to those in a week, maybe less. (And the parsleys are raring to go, too.) Then, once the chives are planted, I can start the peat pods for the pumpkins.
I need to figure out where I'm going to plant the sunflowers, other than along the back fence where the beans and squash aren't going to go. I think a few of them in the front would not be amiss, but between the dog upstairs and the elephant ears, I don't know if anything else will grow there. I suppose it won't hurt to try. Maybe I should start them off in peat pods, too, and transplant them.
Meanwhile, the basils are coming up in the transplanter-thingy already. :-) I was a little worried that there wouldn't be enough room, but they're popping right up. The peppers haven't yet, but eh, I'm not nearly as concerned about them. I am realizing, though, that even if I transplant a few basil plants to each of the tomato pots and have two of each type in pots on their own, I'm going to have extras. *sigh* Overenthusiasm on my part, I suppose.
The tomato that's intended for containers and is *not* the cherry tomato is trying to bloom already. I'm debating whether I should pinch those off or not - it's not like it's going to manage to set fruit this early. I doubt there are any pollinators around for them. And I'd like to encourage it to keep getting taller. (Both of the other two have gotten significantly taller since transplanting them.) But I don't want to discourage it from blooming at all. Ah, well. At least it's enthusiastic, too.