January 14th, 2009

Fun Stuff from OG

bio_billTest 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.

Comments

    Hi Bill,
    We are here is Southern Oregon, so we have similar climates… maybe we have a few more days of frost and not so hot of summers.. We make the raised garden bed kits, that OG just picked as their “Editors Choice”.. Thanks very much!
    We will be following your posts with great excitement..

    I love garden construction! Especially when strawberries are involved.
    I remember that my grandfather used to have a patch in Alabama–I thought it was so exotic. Nobody I knew growing up in New Mexico grew strawberries…
    Rose.

    Rose & Bill,
    We have a strawberry column we are testing this year… We could send you one to test too! email me back if you want one to test.. The more field testing the better..
    wayne.burns@naturalyards.com

    Bill,
    My Cutting Celery began to germinate in 6 days sitting on a book shelf in my office. Not all have sprouted yet. I will try bottom heat with the next batch. I planted the seeds on the surface and then closed the lid of my “Cookie Box” to keep them moist. This is the first time I have grown these and anything I get will be a surprise to me.

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