While cleaning up my garden beds and turning over the soil, came upon a bed of carrots. They were planted too late last year and was not worth the effort to harvest. I never got around to putting that area of the garden to bed for the season and the carrots must have grown over the winter. As you can see from the photo below they are pretty good sizes.
Dug up 1 parsnip that I missed last week, 5½ pounds of carrots (mostly orange, one white, one yellow & few purple) and 1 chioggia beet.
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The Walking Onions were gifts from Diary of a Tomato and Mary N, Mary’s Veggie Garden I planted them in different areas of my garden so see where they would be the happiest. They grew in shade and partial shade but prefer full sun.
Don’t know a lot about using walking onion so will be learning and experimenting. Will write a post about them at a later date. The ones above will be used as scallions substitute.
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Finally got my snap peas seedlings into the ground, need to get the trellis in place before the plants get too tall. Ideally I should put the trellis in before planting but time was not on my side.
The upside down clay pot in the upper right hand corner in the photo above is covering my emerging Chinese chives also known as garlic chives. This will blanch the chives resulting in tender and mild chives much prized in Chinese cooking.
For the past few years Mac of High Dessert Garden would post photos of her blanched Chinese chives which meant I was too late to blanch mine. Last year I wrote myself a reminder note and in a week or two, hopefully, I will have blanched Chinese chives.
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The bok choy and shanghai bok choy were transplanted into window boxes on 4/3/15 and are doing well.
There are way too many plants in the window boxes for both the Shanghai Bok Choy and Baby Bok Choy, I will harvest every other plant when it becomes overcrowded.
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Weeded the garlic beds sprinkled on some Espoma garden tone fertilizer then mulched the beds with crushed leaves.
The photo above is of the German White Garlic. They are looking good and happy.
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My friend Nancy gave me a bunch of Ramps last spring. A few had roots so I planted those to see if they would grow in my garden. They did and are looking very happy, I am happy too.
I must wait until next year to harvest any ramp. From what I read I should really wait until the year after.
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Came upon lemongrass, a bunch of 3 selling for $1.00. They looked kinda half dead but figured for $1.00 why not try to see if they will root. Removed and discard the dried outer leaves placed the cleaned stalks in water and lo and behold they rooted. Wish I had bought more so I could share with friends, next time.
Potted up the rooted Lemongrass. Will be growing them as ornamental among my flowers.
All 3 stalks have sent out babies. If there are multiple babies to a stalk I may try to separate them to see if I can get multiple plants from one stalk.
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It was awfully cold (winter like) and blustery both Thursday and Friday. Some of my potatoes in foam ice chests on the driveway were damaged.
The damaged potato has suffered a bit of set back but will bounce back, new leaves will emerge and there will be potatoes to harvest.
Would be interesting to see if there is any significant difference in yield between the undamaged plant on the left and the damaged plant on the right.
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Purple sweet potatoes grow very well at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden. Mary N and I grow them successful in our gardens as well.
Both Mary and I are Dutchess County Master Gardener Volunteers and are currently involved with the plant sale to be held in May (info below).
During Monday’s work session, we thought since we both have extra purple sweet potato slips why not pot up some for the plant sale.
We got the OK and are potting up one (1) flat, 14 plants. If they sell well, next year we will plan on potting up more.
Below is the CCE Dutchess County Plant Sale information:
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Master Gardener Volunteers Plant Sale
May 15 – 16, 2015
Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Farm & Home Center
2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY
845-677-8223 ext 115
To view the Plant List, go to: http://ccedutchess.org/gardening/event-detail.php?event=2015-05-15-2015-master-gardener-plant-sale
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