Snow Seeding revisited

Well…

Here are the results of a very early (for us) seeding.  As I mentioned a couple weeks ago in my post, Snow Seeding, I started two lettuce and two spinach varieties, and the light was just right so I also started some Artichoke ‘Imperial Star’ and Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’.  Using a blend of Fine Germination Mix, sand and Turface, I set up two trays of 50 star plugs.

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Yahoo!  The first sprouted seeds of the season.  The kind of excitement, anxiety and anticipation that this evokes in me is a feeling I am sure all gardeners feel when their first batch of seeds breaks the surface. The Artichokes took an extra weekend to sprout (comming up on Saturday), and you can see the difference a few days makes in the different pictures.

As for the material in the cold frames, we harvested (culled) the rest of the radishes, lettuce, and turnips and are waiting to see what happens with the carrots which sat without growing an inch-not ONE inch-since December. They do look delicatley delicious.

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At least the radishes are in good shape!

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Having cleared out room, the soil gets cultivated and as soon as the seedlings from the plug trays are ready (another couple weeks), they will be set out and hopefully flourish.

The only plants that will be kept indoors and potted up to the next size are the Artichokes as they will need at least 8 more weeks in the greenhouse before moving outdoors to be vernalized (more on that when it happens).

Next week will see another batch of seed starting, and the pace will only pick up from there!  How are your seedlings doing?

2 thoughts on “Snow Seeding revisited

  1. Your radishes look beautiful. I can remember my Dad growing them in the garden and forever picking them out of the dirt, washing them under the outdoor spigot and popping them in his mouth. Drove my Mom crazy. I wish I could say the my seedlings are doing well but they are not. With a grow light and heating mat you’d think I’d have more success. Of course, down here in NC we’re having quite the cold winter so I’m every hopeful and being patient.

    Yikes, I just was watching a news story about the ice you are dealing with and feel your pain! I love eating anything fresh from the garden, soybeans, peas, carrots, and especially tomatoes off the vine!

    If you don’t mind, what kind of seeds are you having trouble with? Temperature can be awfully tricky, and I tend to keep my seedlings off growing mats…of course, we do have a greenhouse…maybe the soil mix dries out quickly?

    Thanks for reading!

  2. The aftermath of the ice storm was a big ole mess. Broken branches and fallen trees all over the place; not to mention 24 hours without electricity. Oh, well. That’s why we have a wood burning fireplace. I grow boring plants from seeds. Nothing exotic or edible since we travel alot. All go into my garden in the late Spring. This year I’m having a time getting my zinnias going. I grow them cause 1) they’re easy; 2) the butterflies love them; and 3) our long hot humid dry summers don’t affect them. oh, & 4) voles dont like them. My baptisia are doing well; the asclepias , too. Soil is kept moist so not quite sure of the problem . . . viability of seed? It’s a small quandry which will have to be dealt with if I want them in this year’s garden. Ah, to have a greenhouse. One of my dreams.

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