Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wine With Our New Additions!


Being the proud mother of newly sprouted tomato plants, I just had to celebrate with a favorite wine of mine. Le Rime Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio is a lovely wine produced by Castello Banfi. This wine is a combination of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Grigio. On opening this bottle, I got a whiff of fresh citrusy lemon with a hint of apple. What was the taste? Well proportioned bright, tangy lemon and green apple flavors with enough acidity to give it a nice back bone. Le Rime is a nice medium bodied wine that is very clean and crisp on the finish. Even though this wine is 70% Chardonnay, it had no “oaky” flavor as it was aged in stainless steel tanks. Cost? Right down my alley at $8.99 a bottle!

I figured I needed a nice light wine to start the end of my day admiring the new additions to the garden. I planted these guys just a week ago and was excited to see them pop up so soon. These new tomato sprouts include “Sweet Baby Girl Hybrid”, “Super Sweet 100 Hybrid” and “Balcony’s”. I did a mix, planting some of the tomato seeds in “seed starter” mix, which contains sphagnum peat moss, vermiculite and lime, and some of them in “organic potting mix”, which is a mixture of composted bark, sphagnum peat moss, pasteurized poultry litter and an organic wetting agent. (Yes, the soils have mixes just like cooking and baking!) So far there is no difference with the growing medium, as all sprouted on the same day. This is the first time I have started my tomatoes from seed, so I am learning the tricks of these little guys. It is hard to imagine that these tiny little plants will produce nice juicy tomatoes in a couple of months. (I say this keeping my fingers crossed!)



As I was visiting other blogs, I noticed Christina at A Thinking Stomach has posted her planting of seeds. She even has some new equipment to help her seeds get a head start! So hop on over to her site to see what interesting seeds she has planted!



Well, I am heading back out to my container garden to check on the radishes that I planted from seed the other day. I noticed some activity in their pot this morning…more new arrivals!
Cheers!

15 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

I am sitting looking out my window at the newly fallen snow. Spring will not come for at least another month so I am very envious of your little beauties.

Peter M said...

Deb, those plants are going to provide you with alot of culinary pleasure, treat'em right!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Crap. I really need to get that herb garden planted!

jen said...

Definitely worth celebrating! How exciting - proper home grown tomatoes in a couple of months' time. Yum. All fingers crossed for a good result!

Nora B. said...

That's fantastic how well your tomato plants are doing. Now what wine will you have to celebrate the new arrivals of the baby radishes...? ;-) (not that we need an excuse to enjoy a glass of wine..lol)

Gloria said...

Your tomatoes plants are really lovely Debs!! Gloria

Aimée said...

Oh, Deb, you are tearing me up! I love to get my hands dirty and start little seedlings, but with the baby on the way... I just don't think I'll have time this spring to care for other little babies, if you know what I mean.
Can I adopt one of your tomato plants?

winedeb said...

Valli, newly fallen snow is so pretty. I just always hate when it gets dirty! Won't be long and you will be telling me how warm it is outdoors!

Hey Peter, you bet!

Jenn, get those dudes planted!!!

Hi Jen, it is exciting watching those things grow when last week it was a seed in a packet!

No Nora, I never need an excuse for a glass of wine! But does make it fun when there is a little celebration...for anything!

Thanks Gloria! It is warm where you are, planting anything?

I can understand Aimee! But just think, next year you can have 2 little helpers who will love playing in the dirt with you!

Holler said...

Those seedlings are just so darn cute. I expect a progress report, Deb! I am still at work, but counting down the minutes! It is late and a glass of that wine would go down rather nicely!

Christina said...

Isn't it so exciting to see them get started? Everything looks great--you're going to have a great garden this year!

Maryann said...

Looking good! Can't wait to start mine :)

Gloria said...

Debs The last year we plants tomatoes (lovely) but this year we canno`t because was to late when the gardiner will be. I hope the next year.
This was the frutal's tree, we had apricots, and pears so lovely and Im waiting by the mambrillos, quinces!! xxx Gloria

Gloria said...

Debs The last year we plants tomatoes (lovely) but this year we canno`t because was to late when the gardiner will be. I hope the next year.
This was the frutal's tree, we had apricots, and pears so lovely and Im waiting by the mambrillos, quinces!! xxx Gloria

Johanna said...

I have only started to grow a few things in pots recently and am in admiration of anyone who managed to grow from seeds - but it is a miraculous business!

GollyGumDrops said...

I'm jealous of your seedlings too! I'm just about ready to plant some seeds under lights to get them going. My kitchen will look like a drug den until May.