Saturday, April 3, 2010
I just did ANOTHER order from Johnny's. I was labeling cow pots for transplants and came to the realization I don't have enough. I had been eyeing a few seeds as well, mostly thinking ahead for Fall and Winter harvests.
The spuds from Moose Tubers were delivered this week, boy do I hope I have a better potato season in 2010. They look lovely, I only had to toss a few with rotten spots. LaRatte, Purple Viking, Red Gold, and Keuka Gold are being chited.
Everything is budding, blooming, and breaking ground in the garden/yard. My asparagus is growing an inch a day (or so it seems), I gave it a top dressing of amendments and compost a few days ago to help it along. This is a picture from earlier in the week, I should start measuring the growth they actually put out in a day, it would be funny wouldn't it?
Fruit trees and bushes budding out (Currant, Apple, Raspberry, Strawberry etc).........the only fruit not showing any signs of life is the grape vine.
I had taken some pictures of the standing ground water, here is a shot of my driveway, and our wetlands- otherwise known as the backyard:
We were very fortunate not to have a wet basement, crazy how many things were (and are) under water here in MA and RI.
In other news, I have been having one heck of a time getting some varieties to germinate this year. Last year I had just about 100% all around, this year I am far from it. I am not sure if it is the seed sources (heirlooms from various sources) that is the difference, I guess I will sow more than 2 seeds for peppers and tomatoes going forward. Most of the nightshades are needing to be thinned, but a couple tomatoes (Pink Brandywine and Amish Paste) along with most of my new peppers and some onion varieties from last year are not cooperating. Last year it was the string beans that would not germinate for me, looks as though this year it is peppers. Sigh.
I planted some Egyptian Onions that I took from my Mom's house last summer, they should have gone in back in October, but I forgot. These will multiply over the years and provide some green onions for garnishing with if they take. (In this picture you see the top of the onion which I cut last year and planted in a corner of one bed.)
I like the idea of multiplier onions. Of anything that is perennial in the kitchen garden I guess.....I will try my hand with yellow "potato onions" this year as well. I hope they be happy this far North. I have only seen them in Southern seed catalogs, so I am guessing that is their preferred local. I would be quite pleased to not have to grow out onions every year going forward, seeds are a pain and sets are costly.....it would be sweet to have the potato onions as a main source through out the year.
Enjoy the weekend everyone, we will be mulching the beds and playing in the dirt for most of the day. :)