Red Light, Green Light in Garden

April 21, 2013

This morning I looked at the weather forecast and told myself to be patient.  The ground was still wet after 5 – 6 inches of rain earlier this week and the high temperature today was just forecast at 55.  I wanted to just enjoy the day and be thankful that we had not suffered from flooding.

However with the sun shining all day the ground started to dry out.  I went to our village’s first ever farmer’s market and bought a pack of 25 strawberry plants and 2 broccoli plants.  I realized it was finally time to get moving! The ground was too wet to plant a Fothergilla bush I bought earlier in the week, but it was definitely ready for cool weather seeds and seedlings.

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I had to cover the romaine lettuce plants three times in the past weeks, but they all survived the frosts and are looking great.  I also have a few leaf lettuce seeds that have sprouted and I planted a few more lettuce seeds today.

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I looked all over the garden for places for these strawberry plants.  I put fifteen in the ground and five in a planter and threw away a few weak plants.  Strawberries are pretty aggressive so I am looking forward to these plants thriving this year.

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I grew broccoli once before, but not so successfully, so I am up for another try.  I also wanted to support the farmer’s market and buy some plants from them.

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A few weeks ago I put some seed potatoes in a pot.  It was cold so I left the pot in the laundry room, which is cool and dark.  When I finally put the pot outside yesterday several of the potatoes had sent up shoots.  As they leaf out I will keep adding soil to the top of the pot.  The potatoes will then grow under the soil  Since they don’t grow that well in clay I am trying this pot method.

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I couldn’t resist buying these beets at the farmer’s market.  I steamed them and then can eat them throughout the week.  I also planted beet seeds today, along with peas and prize choy.

Our goal is more food production this year.  We will see how it goes!

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One Response to “Red Light, Green Light in Garden”

  1. What a beautiful set of photos . . . I love what you are doing. Enjoy! best wishes, rv

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