My Asian pear in bloom.
Direct sowed sugar snap peas (24 feet) and regular peas (5 feet). All these seeds were a few years old so I soaked them for 24 hours before planting, will see how well they germinate. Placed a plastic netting over the bed to prevent the birds from feasting on the seeds.
Snap peas were sown in 2 locations. One location is for harvesting pea shoots the other is for harvesting snap peas.
Bumped up the Shanghai bok choy to 3-inch pots. They are allowed outdoors during the days but must come indoors for the night. To prevent bolting, this ritual will continue (you guessed it, I lack a life) until there is no more threat of frost and night time temp stays above 50°F. Click here for Cornell University Pak Choy Growing Information.
As you can see from the photo above, some pots have a single plant, some have 2 plants, others have 3 or more plants. When ready to transplant out, I will plant a pot with multiple plants next to a pot with a single plant and so on and so forth, also will plant them closer than recommend. The single plant will mature faster, I will harvest those first allowing the others more space to grow. The outer plants of the muli-plants clump will mature faster, I will harvest those as they mature or as needed again allowing the others more space to grow. This planting method enables me to extend my harvest without having to do succession planting (I am a lazy gardener who thinks up these ideas so I can do less work).
Sweet potatoes vines are looking good. Time to start harvesting the slips. Some will be going to Locust Grove, some for myself and some for those I promised.
Experimenting with starting choy sum, gai lan (Chinese broccoli) and kohlrabi indoors.
Using 3 ounce bathroom paper cups. Writing variety names and dates directly on the cups.
Left photo, lemongrass I picked up at the Asian market on 2/25 rooted (can you see the roots?) Will be potting them up this week, hopefully.
Right photo, ginger root I bought from the healthfood store on 1/17 sprouted. It is very slooooow growing. I must decide whether to bump it up into a larger pot and keep as a container plant or plant in the ground when the weather condition is right.
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