March 30/2014 Garden Update

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Yesterday, my friend Cal and I drove into the city to go to a bunch of garden centers. A few were far more impressive than others, but in all of them we found some inspiration for an in-the-works project (that I will tell you more about when it is an actual thing), and our upcoming year of gardening ALL the things. I also found some seeds that were on my list of things I want to grow… Although it looks like the slightly more obscure ones I will have to order for next year. I also found some new hardneck garlic to stick into the ground asap, since I didn’t get it planted before winter hit; and some Shallots. I was losing hope that I would find any. There were also some German Butterball seed potatoes, so I can’t wait until its time to stick them in some dirt. Before I go on rambling about all the cool things we are going to be growing (and ruin the surprise for you), Here is the update on all the things that are growing already:

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TOMATOES

Since I started some of these extra early, They really need to have a new home soon. If you know any ways that I can convince mother nature to co-operate and give us a beautiful early spring, (perhaps an anti-snow dance?) please send them to me. In all seriousness though, We are working on getting the greenhouse prepped and ready, so they can move there soon.

Roma and Rainbow Blend (started March 5)

These are growing beautifully. But they are outgrowing my windowsill very quickly.

Black Krim, Brandywine Red, Brandywine Pink, Bonny Best (started March 15)

This group is working on their true leaves. Yesterday I potted them up into 3″ pots, since their roots were really outgrowing the little peat pellets. Once they get a little larger, they will probably get another potting-up before they go out.

Cherry – F1 Hybrid Mix (Monarch, Honeybee, Ladybug) (started March 12)

I potted these up last Sunday (March 23), and they are looking very nice. We’ll see about this “spring” thing, and maybe they can go into their final pots next.

Yellow Pear and Marglobe (started March 17)

Working on their true leaves. I will probably pot up these soon, since their roots are developing quite fast (I like to minimize the amount I need to disturb them).

Green Envy (started March 20)

Sprouted on March 26

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Boxcar Willie, Orange Wellington, Golden Cherry, Black Russian (started March 22)

Sprouted on March 28 (I got bonus Orange Wellington seeds in my trade! So awesome!)

San Marzano (started March 23)

Sprouted on March 29

I also found two more heirloom Tomato seeds stashed away, but I am trying to resist sowing the seeds until next year. Since I can hardly contain my current tomato habit. But if you are curious…They are ‘Manitoba’ and ‘Mortgage Lifter’.

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PEPPERS

Yesterday, on our garden center adventure… I picked up some Medusa Pepper seeds. They were quite pricey, and there wasn’t a lot of seeds in the packet, but they look like fun. I sowed them last night, so they should sprout in 7-14 days. They are sweet, non-burning, “child safe” and edible peppers. Cal also picked up a variety pack of sweet Bell Peppers, so our garden should we more well-rounded with these additions.

The Jalapenos and Cayenne peppers are growing nicely.

No sight of the Hungarian Wax Peppers that I sowed on March 20 yet. They probably haven’t been warm enough. With the cold snap that hit us again, My window hasn’t been getting much warmer than 24C during the peak of sunlight (where it is usually around 40C).

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EGGPLANT

The Asian (Ping Tung Long) is working on it’s true leaves. (started March 5)

The Italian (Violetta Lunga di Napoli) is probably thinking about true leaves. I can see micro leaves starting to emerge, but nothing to really write home about yet. (started on March 15)

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GROUND CHERRIES (started on March 5)

These have started to put on more leaves since they were potted up on March 26. These are one of the things I am really looking forward to trying.

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LEEKS (started on February 18)

Nothing new, they just need to hold on until they can go into the ground.

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ONIONS 

I wanted to experiment with growing onions from seed, So I have 4 pots of Northern Gold, and one from my onion flower of last year that I started on March 24. The ones I had tried earlier in toilet paper rolls had too much mold trying to grow, so I scraped them. I also started 4 pots of Walla Walla onions yesterday. We also have some red Onion sets for our actual onion crop.

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POTATOES

I missed out on ordering my Pink Fir Apples. Next year I wont put it off so long. BUT I have some Purple Caribe and German Butterball as I mentioned at the beginning of this post. They are “chitting” away on top of my fridge. I will probably be picking up some Russian Blue later today as well. Then we will just need to find some kind of fingerling potato and decide between the “regulars” like Norland or Yukon Gold. I will probably try for a little bit of an early crop in containers in the back yard.

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If you are interested in the progress so far, here are the links to the previous updates:

March 22

March 15

March 9

February 19

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