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Finally Getting the Season Started!

After weeks (well a couple of months actually) of planning my 2011 garden, I finally sowed some seeds today – 6 x Cosmos – they are good companion plants.  I decided not to put them under the lights yet to save some energy, so they are sitting on the window sill in homemade newspaper pots. 

Actually I did get started with my sweet potatoes a couple of weeks ago – see photo.  Sweet potato slips are very expensive (relatively anyhow) and so I took the two I had left from last season and am trying to grow my own by suspending a third of each one in water.  I read about this technique in a book, I thought they were going to grow from the top, but unexpectedly, they have started sprouting from the bottom.  Anyhow, at least that means there is some life left in them still (they were a bit shrivelled from storage), so that seems to be a good sign!

February 13, 2011 at 1:25 am Leave a comment

Sowing Seeds in a new Cold Frame

Crazy snow and ice here in PA (and most everywhere else in the US too)!

I have just received my Juwel Cold Frame in the mail and was hoping to set it up outside this weekend – we shall see how easy that is in these freezing temperatures – could be some shoveling involved!  After reading Eliot Coleman’s book, Four Season Harvest, I am determined to try to start off some seedlings in the cold frame early this Spring.  I will have to purchase some organic potting soil to be able to plant anything though, since the ground is frozen solid.  It will be interesting to see what kind of temperatures it gets to inside the frame when it is 5F outside!

February 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm 1 comment

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