Sunday, June 13, 2010
So far so good. My Romaine and Lollo Rosso are doing great despite the heat and humidity. The Broccolini is growing well and hasn't shown any signs of bolting. I will post tomato pics soon as I am almost done with my brand new bamboo staking method. Stay tuned.
I can't tell you how many times I've had store bought potatoes sprout in my pantry. Sometimes we don't use up all the potatoes we buy and they start to sprout in the warm dark pantry. I've always wanted to plant these sprouting potatoes but when I would do some research online the consensus was that you should only plant certified seed potatoes, other wise the potatoes wouldn't produce tubers or they would simply succumb to disease.
Well rather than waste the potatoes I decided to go against mainstream potato wisdom and plant the sprouted grocery store potatoes. I planted these in March and I just recently dug up some potatoes to see how they were doing. You can tell by my pics that the grocery store potatoes are growing just fine.
So guess what? Plant those old grocery store potatoes you have in your pantry... They will grow!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
temps began to rise so they wouldn't dry out inside the cold frame. The one thing you have to remember is that the cold frame doesn't let much rain water inside, so it's up to you to either remove a lid from the cold frame once you expect rain in your forecast.
This spinach was sown in October of 2009. After overwintering in the cold frame for nearly 6 months I decided I was finally going to harvest the spinach on April 10th 2010. I was surprised at how long green leafy vegetables can survive in the cold frame for so long. I washed the spinach and sauteed them with evoo, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Next time I will plant a bigger patch of Spinach since they went so quick. The spinach breed used was Bloomsdale Longstanding. I used these seeds since I didn't have any Italian spinach seeds laying around at the moment.
This is my first attempt at growing Romanesco Artichokes here in zone 6b PA. So far so good as about 80% of the seeds have germinated with one really taking off. I didn't need to chill the seeds or pre soak them. They resemble tiny red pine cone seeds. Hopefully these will take off during the summer and become hardy enought to survive the PA winter. A little known fact is that Artichokes are actually perennials and fruit in their second year. Wish me luck!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Today I uncovered them and was happy to see new buds leafing out as well as some root growth. I replanted them in a small container and thats where they will finish establishing their roots for the rest of the summer.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I submitted some photos of my cold frame crops this past October and TreeHugger was kind enough to display them in their reader slideshow. http://www.treehugger.com/galleries/2009/11/readers-fall-garden-photos.php
I was surprised to be included in their slideshow . I look forward in submitting my Summer garden photos. I think they will be impressed with the number of fig trees I have growing.