So far I have growing outside...
Overwintered - kale, mangelwurzels, chard, turnips, fava beans, winter barley, and garlic.
Planted since winter solstice - more fava beans, peas (which failed to germinate mostly because the seed is over 20 years old), more garlic, and big red poppies which I'm calling 'bread poppies' because that's what I use them for. Also my experiments with Fukuoka's Natural Grain Raising have sprouted and already half an inch through the mulch in places.
Inside I have growing - leeks and artichokes. Also planted and waiting germination are teasel and fennel. A small selection of tree seeds I've saved over the winter including orange and hawthorn. A small decorative planter next to the front door has miners lettuce and a dwarf pea called Tom Thumb that grows 10 to 12 feet tall (apparently) and is OP so great for saving seeds.
Today I might give in and plant some yellow soup peas called Darlaine. Soil is a bit soggy, but I'm chomping at the bit to get some peas into me.
Maybe also start some Tangerine Gem marigolds indoors, time permitting.
My goal this year is to grow as many OP and Landrace varieties as possible with a focus on saving seeds that grow well in our climate.
I'm glad to be seeing green shoots, with 3 feet of snow piled up outside....
To produce seeds I am overwintering parsnips and chard in the garden.
Here's what the parsnips looked like yesterday.
They are a variety named Kral. They originally came out of Russia. I grow them because they have turnip shaped roots which make them diggable in spite of the heavy fall soil.
I am growing a few of my earliest variety of tomato in the greenhouse: Surrounded by cloches, bottles of water, and floating row cover. They are currently forming flower buds. Here's one with the cloche and floating row cover removed.
I have started some seeds in a compost heated hoophouse (Leeks, celery, broccoli, tomatoes...) things that are normally started indoor at this time of the year, just as an experiment. The broccoli is already sprouting. Daytime temps are 25-30 celcius when the sun is out but it drops to 5 degrees celcius at night. I covered the pile with fir wood chips and the whole pile is like my seedling table... kinda act as a heating mat, filled with life, and bugs (bugs might not be a good thing at this point!) we will see what happens hehe.
Landon Sunrich wrote:Fucilia? Don't know how to spell it and google won't correct me on it. It's awesome for bees.
Burra Maluca wrote:
Landon Sunrich wrote:Fucilia?
Yup. This one maybe?
I kinda just pocket some seeds when I was walking down a row at the right time of year. Hopefully its not grand theft bio.
We have been harvesting radishes and spinach should have cabbage in about 2 weeks.
tomatoes and peppers are in the ground allready getting blooms on my tomatoes.
Storms keep rolling through and slowing the progress but we are plugging along as best the weather lets us.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I am growing a few of my earliest variety of tomato in the greenhouse: Surrounded by cloches, bottles of water, and floating row cover. They are currently forming flower buds. Here's one with the cloche and floating row cover removed.
That was February 11th.
This is today...
Our current status for planting this spring:
8 strawberry plants (producing) potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale, cucumbers, pole beans, bush beans, squash (yellow, patty pan, zucchini),
tomatoes, peppers (3 different bells), beets, carrots, spinach, onions, Egyptian Walking onions, purple stripe garlic, 1 pineapple, rhubarb,
sage, pineapple sage, rosemary, mint, sweet basil, thyme, cilantro.
3 fig trees, 2 pear trees, 2 plum trees, 3 mulberry trees, three pecan trees, more to come but continued rains keep the slow down in place.