Gardener’s Journal – 4/5/11

April 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm Leave a comment

There is life in those sweet potatoes after all! 

I had given up all hope on the moldy shrivelled sweet potatoes that I have had in water for the past two months hoping for them to sprout leaves and save me a few bucks on slips – but today I looked closely and to my surprise – there were some little shoots coming out of the sides of the potatoes!! One even has a little leaf on it.. just goes to show that patience is definitely a virtue in the gardening world..

Not much going on in the garden still – been a bit cold and rainy.  I have been opening up the cold frame to harden off some of the seedlings that I will transplant into the main garden soon.  Also keeping a close eye on all the seedlings growing under lights in the basement.  The newspaper pots dry out really quickly, so I have to water them once and sometimes twice a day.

I did have had to do some thinning of seedlings – I always feel like the mother in Sophie’s Choice when it comes to that job – choosing between one seedling and another – which one is best?  I usually clip the unlucky one off with some nail scissors so as not to disturb the roots.

No sign of the peas coming up yet – I hope they haven’t rotted – maybe I should have germinated them before planting.  The garden soil temperature has risen to ~45F, so hopefully they have a fighting chance of coming up soon – maybe patience is required here too! (Interestingly – it is still only 50F in the cold frame – I thought that would have heated up more by now..)

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