This past week was a week of waiting.
Waiting for the snow to disappear.
Unfortunately my yard (front, sides and back) is still white. First day of spring is this Friday, March 20, only 4 days away, will all the snow disappear by then?
There is hope, the above photo taken yesterday shows non-white (grassy) areas along the side of my walkway leading up to the front door. Today is going to be warm so will most of the week and by the end of the week all of the snow will disappear????? Wishing. Well, not all but most.
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Waiting for the seeds I started the week before to germinate.
Good news! Four of the 6 variety of onions germinated (5 days) so did the leeks (5 days) and both carrots (yellow & purple 6 days).
The yellow flat Dutch onion, Brunswick onion and celeriac hopefully will germinate this week.
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Last week I started 6 varieties of lettuce. These are for container gardening.
Because the lettuces do not all germinate at the same time, I cut the cell packs in halves enabling me to move the germinated ones under the grow lights ASAP.
The Forellenschluss germinated (3 days) and is under the grow lights. The others should germinate this week, I think.
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This past week I also started Shanghai Bok Choy, Calabrese Broccoli and Happy Rich Asian green (a cross between gai lan and broccoli but much easier to grow than gai lan). These are for container gardening also.
All the above germinated in 3 days and are now under the grow lights (below photo).
It will be a long while before my garden is dry enough for me to till for early spring planting so all the above and all the lettuces will be grown in containers. In a few weeks I will start additional seeds for whenever the garden is ready.
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I stored one of the pencil thin Okinawan sweet potato from last fall’s harvest in plastic bag hoping it would make it through the winter.
It did but was all shriveled up. Decided to soak it in water overnight to see what would happen, and, to my amazement, it plumped up.
Debated whether to root in it water or plant it in pro-mix. Chose the latter and hoping it will root and sprout (the re-purposed tofu container was just the right size). But if it does not, that’s OK as I will be rooting cuttings from my fall potted slips that are now growing as houseplants.
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Also this past week I started rooting Purple and Georgia Jet sweet potato slips for Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden (LGHVG).
First day of spring is Friday, March 20, only 4 days away.
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