We had snow Saturday night, I am guessing there was 2+ inches on the roof of my shed, yes snow on April 3. Woke up to a completely snow covered lawn, the sun came out during the day and melted away most of the snow but it was blustery, cold and more like winter than spring.
Looked out my window this morning and saw a repeat of the same. It is pretty out but this is a scene for January/February, not the scene I want to see in April. Can you believe it is still snowing as I write.
This past week’s harvests were more tender walking onion and radicchio. The new item was spring onion. Did not take photo as it would look the same as previous photo.
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I am trying 2 new varieties of Burpee peas that my sister, Joyce, sent me. One is Golden Sweet Peas, a yellow snow peas, the other is Little Snap Crunch Peas, compact plant bred for “container-friendliness” (so says Burpee’s write-up).
Previous years I experimented with starting peas in container and was happy with the results and am doing the same this year.
Sowed 9 seeds (1-inch deep then covered with vermiculite) in each 4-inch container, watered well then covered with a clear dome cover and kept indoor in a warm location. Germinated in 4 days.
The above peas seedlings are ready to go into the grounds. Need to harden them off and get them in the ground later in the week. That’s the plan unless mother nature dictates otherwise.
The Golden Sweet vines grow up to 6 feet and will need trellising, the Little Snap Crunch vines grow to 32 inches and is supposed to be self-supporting but I will give it some support as I think it would make harvesting easier. As you can see in the above photo the Golden Sweet seedlings are already much taller than the Little Snap Crunch.
To test the Little Snap Crunch Peas “container-friendliness” I sow some seeds in a foam ice chest. I also left the ice chest outdoor. Took 9 days to germinate. The ice chest is completely covered with snow now, hope the seedlings survive.
The seeds in the 4-inch containers and the foam ice chest were sown on the same day. The seeds in the 4-inch containers under controlled indoor environment germinated in 4 days and is now about 4 inches tall, the seeds in the foam ice chest under uncontrolled outdoor environment took 9 days to germinate and is less than 1½ inches tall. Quite a difference.
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Transplanted my lettuce seedlings into window boxes, they look happy and are doing well.
Am anxiously waiting to feast on my first salad from homegrown lettuce and looking forward to harvesting the outer leaves from the above soon. What a treat that would be!
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Seedlings in the photo below need to be transplanted into containers or window boxes, hoping to find time to do so this week.
Tempted to harvest the Bok Choy seedlings in the above photo and use as Baby Bok Choy but there is not enough for a meal.
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Happy with the progress of my container garlic experiment, click here to learn about.
All 11 German Red Garlic cloves planted on 2/29 sprouted, are healthy and growing well and though completely snow covered this morning will be OK.
Now I must wait for each plant to send out a scape which I will harvest to allow the plants to form larger heads. If successful, I should be harvesting mature garlic around mid-July. Will keep you posted on progress.
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