Sunday, February 27, 2011

February Seedlings

Houston, we have lift off.
This is Kohlrabi.  Its a new one for me. Other brasicas that I have going right now also include Early Green Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe, Romanesco, and Cassius Cauliflower.  Right now, they sort of all look the same.
Also new to my repertoire, Celery.  Still small but appearing happy to me.
I've had mixed luck with onions so far.  The Cortland yellow onions and Southport Globe red onions seem to be starting well.  I've also got Lincoln and Scotland leeks, which seem to be coming up nicely.  I've got 2 varieties of heirloom Italian onions, Cipploa and Rossa di Milano which I'm having really low yield with.  Those seeds are older though, so I'll blame age.
Carson appears to be the greatest danger to my garden starts at the moment.  He is REALLY interested in getting his hands in the dirt.  I'm thinking about bolting my wire shelves to the wall.


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Winter, finally (and seriously)

I planned to start this blog last spring as my garden flew into action, but then got into the actual work of gardening and abandoned the task. However, today its winter, really winter. I'm wearing long underwear and sitting under a blanket and I'm still cold.
Today is the shortest day of the year so from here on in it gets better. I look forward to longer days, that's for sure. But I'll also tuck in and enjoy winter's freeze and snow, it does mean skiing after all. Maybe more importantly is the snow pack - without snow there isn't water for the West.
The end of the year and the solstice are a good time to think back on the last 365. I have no reason to complain and feel really lucky about the last year and really hopeful about the year to come.