Happy First Day of Spring!
I am back!!!!!
My hip, knee and lower back pains are pretty much gone. I am now able to walk at a good pace, go up and down stairs in a normal way and pick things up from the floor/ground. And, the good news is, I did not need medical attention. All this was accomplished by applying massage, gentle stretching, rest, patience (lots of it) and aspirin as needed. It was a looooong, slooooow progress but I consider myself very, very fortunate. And, to make my life even more interesting during this period, I also came down with bronchitis. So as not to drive myself and others around me crazy while recuperating, I started some Swiss chard, peppers and lettuce seeds in January, way too early for the Hudson Valley but kept me occupied.
To my surprise, all the seeds germinated, grew healthy and are happy under the grow lights!
Click here to check out my seed starting stand and grow lights set up.
Some of the Swiss Chard seedlings will be transplanted into large containers, some will be transplanted into the garden. The Peppermint Swiss Chard is a very pretty plant. Click here for a photo of the mature stems and leaves.
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Both the Jimmy Nardello and Doe Gill Golden Bell do very well in containers. These will be grown in large (6-7 gallons) containers, one plant per container.
All the lettuce will be transplanted into window boxes.
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While shopping came across Red Winter Kale.
A pretty plant that can be grown as baby greens indoor any time of the year. Had to buy it. The package contains 6 grams of seeds so I had plenty to share with my garden friends.
Started the seeds mid February.
Some of the Kale seedlings will be transplanted into large containers some will be transplanted into the garden. Looking forward to a salad of lettuce and baby kale.
All the seedlings need to be bumped up, the challenge is finding space for all of them under the grow lights. Was hoping our weather would warm up early and stabilize so I can transplant some of them in my outdoor containers on the south side of the house where it is sunny and warmer, but mother nature had other plans.
On Tuesday, March 14, a Nor’easter dumped over 20 inches of snow in our area. My property is now a winter wonderland, very pretty.
The snow on the right of the walkway in front of the window is over 3 feet deep.
Back door is blocked by snow, above photo was taken through glass door.
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Planted my container garlic. Click here and scroll down for information about planting garlic in container.
Before planting I added some peat moss to the potting mix and also enriched the potting mix with bone meal and organic granular fertilizer.
This year, in my container, I am planting Spanish Roja Garlic that I got from Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden.
Last year LGHVG had a bountiful harvest of garlic and us volunteers got to share the extras. I saved mine for planting.
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Yeah! I am ready to garden and should be fine going forward as long as I am mindful of certain movements and remember my limitations. Planning to reduce the size of my garden and focus more on containers. Also planting less so may not have sufficient harvests to write a weekly post, will see.
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