Since starting winter sown seed on Dec. 21st, I’ve planted new ones every few days. Jugs total 51 with more to come. I figure with the mild winter we’re having, it’s a great opportunity to experiment with seed I may not have planted this way.
Seed planted between December 21 and January 6th have germinated. Included are different varieties of lettuce, mizuna, onions, rosemary, echinacea, snapdragons, claytonia, lavender, sweet william, beets, spinach, swiss chard, iberis, and parsley. All have been thawed and frozen many times, but are still looking good. It was hard to take pictures through the top of the jug, but you can see enough to give you an idea of what’s going on inside.
Even the German Giant Radishes sown January 29th have germinated. I’ve always direct seeded radishes, but just couldn’t resist starting a few radishes this way to see how they’ll do.
The most exciting thing to date was having one of my favorite heirloom lettuces (that dates back to the 1740s), Green Deer Tongue, get about 3 times bigger than other varieties planted the same day. I transplanted in the garden not even a month after sowing the seed! If temperatures are expected to get below 29 degrees I’ll put one of my cold frames over them.
I was surprised to see the lavender and rosemary come up so quickly. Lavender needs a time of chilling before germination takes place, so I guess my timing was good.
Last fall I planted gobs of stuff. It would come up and then disappear — so I guess something was eating it. Very disappointing. Fortunately I had some Red Russian Kale, a dozen lettuce plants and patch of spinach make it through.
I planted some more seed in the bare spots around the spinach and it’s germinated and doing fine thus far.
I had 3 parsley plants left in the garden in the fall. The one shown below was the biggest. I’ve been rationing — trying to make it last until the small seedlings start growing. As huge as this was it’s now only about a foot and a half square.
These spring onions don’t look like much, but they’re DELICIOUS! I try to start the winter with at least 50 spring onions to get me through February and/or March.
Spring onions in the garden in February. Planted last year.
The multiplier onions I planted last fall are up about 4 inches. They’re great onions because when you finally get enough to save, they’ll last as long as you need them without going bad! A great backup onion.
I couldn’t resist adding this picture of the small Illex tree making it’s winter show. Several bushes had to be removed from the spot in the lower right corner. Removing them dislodged the Illex. Bill has it staked to give it support. The male bush (not shown) is bigger and has perfect form and shape. In spite of its less than perfect shape, I don’t want to take this female out because I’d have to start all over. It’s so pretty with all the berries.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at some of what’s growing for me and that you’re having great success with yours!
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