Sunday, February 27, 2011

Seed Starting Progress

My seed-starting schedule is in full swing with a little something scheduled to sow each weekend. It is getting crowded under the lights:

Seedling Shelves in the Basement


Lettuce, Spinach, and various herbs are growing on the top shelves:

Lettuce, Oregano, Basil, & Cilantro

Spinach & Lettuce Mix

Most of the herbs will move upstairs soon to continue growing on a sunny kitchen windowsill.

Although we have been enjoying a few salad clippings from the Lettuce and Spinach each week, some have already begun to bolt and I expect the rest to bolt soon as well. It may be too warm for them even in the basement.

The Onion seedlings were started in early January. They are growing really well. I clip them each week and we enjoy the mild tasting Onion clippings in salads, as pizza topping, omelets, etc.

Onion Seedlings Under the Lights

Onion Seedlings

Parsley was seeded on 2/10 and only a few seeds have germinated so far (sigh):

Flat Leaf Parsley

Flat Leaf Parsley

Some early Swiss Chard was also planted on 2/10. These will be grown in a pot that can be taken inside on really cold nights. More Swiss Chard will be planted at a later date to be grown in the garden.

Swiss Chard

Two types of Spinach was sown last weekend into a full flat of soil blocks. Last spring most of my Spinach bolted prematurely because of the unusually warm weather we experienced. This year, I am trying Space Spinach, which is supposed to be more bolt resistant along with Tyee Spinach.

Spinach
Spinach

Celery was also planted last weekend, but has not germinated yet.

This weekend, I seeded some Chinese Cabbage and Pak Choi.

Last week there was still 2-feet of snow on the ground. I could just barely see the hump in the snow of outlining the 2-foot fence surrounding the garden. This weekend’s snow has added another foot. It feels like spring is a long, long ways away. For now, I must be content with tending to my seedlings.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Another Foot of Snow

Today, another foot of snow has piled up on top of the two feet still on the ground.


Spring can't come soon enough for this gardener.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Seeds from Granny!

Back on December 25th, Granny from Annie’s Kitchen Garden celebrated 100,000 blog views by holding a contest. I was one of the lucky winners and my prize arrived this week, Seeds from Ohio Heirloom Seeds:


Thank you so much Granny! I am very excited to try the Red Marconi and Quadrato Rosso D’Asti Sweet Peppers. The carrots and lettuce mix will be planted this spring using your Seed Mat Method.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Snow Path to the Compost Bin

Daphne showed us her snow path to the compost bin, so I though would show you mine:

Snow Path to the Compost Bin

Oh, and see the snow on the shed roof? I climbed up there today and shoveled it off this afternoon. I pushed the snow to the edge and K pulled it off with a roof rake. It was three feet deep. Just when we finished it began to snow again. We are expecting another 6-inches tonight. It has been quite a winter.