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Gardener’s Journal – 4/5/11

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..)

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

Gardener’s Journal – 2/26/11

Today I did some more sowing of seeds – both in the cold frame and in some newspaper pots to put under shop lights in the basement.  I sowed marigolds (I’m trying a 60 day variety to see if they will actually flower in time to help out my early veggies), parsley and beets in newspaper pots.  I decided not to heat the seeds in the basement to see if it makes a difference – I normally use Christmas lights under the trays – I’m too cheap to spend the $40 on a heating mat (so far). 

In the cold frame I sowed some lettuce, leeks and parsley.  The soil temperature has reached 50F, so hopefully some of the seeds I sowed earlier will start germinating now too.  (Still only the arugula showing any signs of life.)

March 1, 2011 at 12:47 am Leave a comment


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