Was absent from Harvest Monday for the past 2 weeks as there was nothing in the garden to write about (ground was either still frozen and/or too wet) and the seedlings were coming along oh so slowly.
Needed to see some spring colors so wrote about the Observatory Garden at Central Park on 3/30/15.
Needed some cheers and smiles so wrote about the Delacorte Music Clock (also at Central Park) on 4/6/15.
Set foot in the veggie garden for the first time last Monday, it was a beautiful day to garden and I was so ready to get my hands dirty but the soil was still too wet so no work was done. Rained the next few days making the soil even wetter (soggy) and the week felt like winter instead of spring. There was no rain over the weekend and yesterday was a gorgeous day. Checked the veggie beds and decided to allow the soil to dry out a bit more. Today ought to be a good day to tidy up the garden, fertilize the garlic plants, reset the strawberry plants (if needed) and fertilize, plant out some seedlings, etc. as rain is predicted for tomorrow.
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Last year I decided to start my snow pea seeds indoor in 4-inch pots and transplanted the seedlings from the 4-inch pots directly into the garden early April. Was very successful and am doing the same again this year.
But due to the prolonged winter then the rain my garden was still not workable so decided to separate the seedlings individually (before they get too large and the roots are all tangled) then potted them up into biodegradable pots (my sister, Joyce, gave me the idea) allowing me to transplant the seedlings (pot and all) into the garden, as soon as the ground is ready (may be later this week) with minimum roots disturbance.
Bumping up the snap peas seedlings into individual pots is an extra step that I prefer not to take, but a gardener does what a gardener needs to do (under the circumstances) since old man winter refused to depart.
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I started rooting both the Purple and the Georgia Jet Sweet Potatoes on the same day, but as you can see from the photo below, the Purple’s slips (left) are ready for rooting but the Georgia Jet (right) needs more time.
Will be removing the purple sweet potato slips that are ready and plant them directly into containers (can also first root in water).
To learn more about starting sweet potato slips, click here.
To learn which end of the sweet potato to immerse in water, click here. Immersing the wrong end in water will result in rotted sweet potato and no slips.
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Had a large Purple SP and a large Georgie Jet SP that started to sprout.
Thinking: What if I cut off the sprouting part of each and root them in pro-mix, what will happen? Below are the results.
Had a Frazier White Sweet Potato with a long skinny section that was also sprouting so decided to also grow slips from the sprouts.
Conclusion: A whole sweet potato is not necessary for growing slips. In the future I will cut off and plant the sprouting end of the SP and feast on the rest.
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Failed experiment? May be may be not.
Some of you may recall from my 3/16/15 (click on link and scroll down) post my attempt at trying to root a pencil thin Okinawan sweet potato, to date, nothing is happening.
Uncovered the SP tuber and it is still firm but nothing is going on, no roots no sprouts, will continue to observe and see if eventually it will sprout.
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Yeah!!!!! I had color in my garden, one (1) single miniature iris.
Was not happy with the above photo but when I went to take another the next morning, my one and only flower was gone, a deer had it for breakfast or was it dinner?
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