Test seeds arrived this week, at least a few of them; and believe it or not, I’ve already sowed a couple.
The red Romaine was direct sowed in the garden. It may have been wiser to start some in the greenhouse, but… A garden bed was all ready. Beets and cilantro were sowed down one side. Soil tilth was very good. Soil moisture just about perfect. And sprinklers were set out with an automatic timer ready to keep the seedbed moist. I’m pretty confident on this one.
Banana shallots went into the greenhouse in a 200 plug flat. Yep, shallots from seed instead of the usual method. The seed packet said I could direct sow them, but I’ve never had much luck with alliums direct sowed in the garden. Besides, these will probably run into some hot spring days before they’re ready, so a little head start in the greenhouse may help.
It appears cutting celery will need a little more attention, so they just may go on a heat mat in a covered flat. That means they’ll need to be started at home – another day.
Meanwhile, more fun stuff showed up from Organic Gardening today – my Zinio subscription to Organic Gardening Magazine! I enjoy seeing the comments from all the test gardeners even though we’ve had email discussions about our results all year.
I love my electronic subscription to OG magazine! The pictures are beautiful on the computer screen. Back-issues are always at hand, and they don’t pile up in the bedroom. Plus, all the links are click-able. Makes OG Magazine even more fun.