I started three varieties of tomatoes under the grow lights at home on Monday, but I was itching to start a few outdoors. So I planted a row of Forellenschluss lettuce (an organic Romaine) and Space Spinach seeds. I have not planted these vegetables in the Minton Stable Garden for several years, but due to the encroaching shade of a maturing lilac in my backyard, that location was not as successful as I would have hoped last season, though I still plan to sow seeds there. The lilac had been planted by the previous owners and in recent years has taken off. We have been too hesitant to undo the previous owners' efforts, but perhaps in the fall we might have to make an exception.
After I sowed my seeds in the MSG I realized the disadvantage of starting so early. Where was the water? The hoses were not out yet, and the water had not yet been turned on. Since I no longer live a convenient distance from the MSG, I had to borrow watering cans and raid the tap of one of my abutting friends. The first official meeting will be this Monday night; perhaps after that it won't be considered too early and the water will be back on.