This is going to be an exciting gardening year.
Every year I grow something new in my garden. But this year I will be trialling more new crops than previous years.
All 3 are so different in appearance. Very beautiful! Hope they grow well in my garden, may try growing 1 or 2 of each variety in containers.
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Growing Ruby Streaks Mustard for the looks, no idea how to use it, but will learn.Will I like the taste? Will find out.
For the past few years I have been growing Brilliant celeriac, a variety recommended by Cornell for growing in the area, Cornell also recommends Large Smooth Prague for the area and because the name has the word “smooth” in it, perhaps the root is not as knobby, reason I am trialling.
Growing Red Burgundy Okra not only for the looks but hopefully it will perform better than the Clemson Spineless I have been growing.
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Also new to my garden this year will be Hesaiko Evergreen Bunching Onion and Cabernet F1 Hybrid Red Onion, gifts from my garden friend Mary of Mary’s Veggie Garden (click on link to visit).
Another new item is Ya Ya carrots that many gardeners wrote about on their blogs, May also try a few new tomato varieties, but not sure if there is room in the garden.
To make this an even more exciting gardening year Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden (click on link to visit) is trialling 4 new varieties of sweet potatoes. Mary is also trialling 4 new varieties (but different from LGHVG’s), that’s 8 new varieties of sweet potatoes. Anxious to see how they perform in the Hudson Valley and how they taste. (Both Mary and I are volunteers at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden).
I will be continuing my carrot transplant experiment that I started last fall and Okinawan sweet potato experiment as well. Also continuing containers gardening.
The original Okinawan sweet potato slips were gifts (last year) from Angie of The Novice Gardener (click on link to visit). I planted both slips in containers, but that was not a good idea, they needed more room to spread so this year I am planting the slips in the ground.
Okinawan sweet potatoes require a long growing season (130 – 140 days) and is really not suited for the Hudson Valley but I did get tiny sweet potatoes last year even though I planted the slips in July in container so I am hoping by planting in June in the ground I will get a decent harvest, worth a try as I really like the taste and texture.
Rooted 3 Okinawan sweet potatoes cuttings last fall that I am growing as houseplants. Will be taking a few cuttings around April/May for rooting to plant in the garden in June.
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So hoping spring will hurry up and get to the Hudson Valley. But judging from the photos below it will be a long, long while before we see any signs of spring. (Photos were taken before the additional snow fall over the weekend).
After opening the back door, I pushed hard on the screen door to open a little crack and got one hand through. Using my garden shovel I chipped away the ice and snow from the screen door a bit at a time allowing a little more opening for both hands to go through, continuing to slowly chip away, until I had an opening large enough for me to squeeze through.
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Went into the shed before the snow fell to get the seed starting supplies. Gathered what I needed but managed to exit the shed without the supplies. I am such a scatterbrain.
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More snow photos ……….
The good news is, February is a short month, only 28 days and first day of spring is March 20 only 32 days away.
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