This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, March 09, 2009

sprout photos

plants on shelf
thyme tomato sprouts
onions celeriac

I was very happy to spot five or six TINY celeriac sprouts today. Still only one lavender sprout. Onions are getting tall. And the thyme looks good.

Today's seed planting list:
Onion, Ailsa Craig Exhibition (1 pot)
Onion, Purplette (1 pot)
Onion, Frontier (1 pot)

(Tuesday note: two more celeriac sprouts! another lavender! and lots of marigolds today...)



Blogger getyourselfconnected said...

As a fellow scientist ( I am a molecular biologist) I was hoping you could help me. My wife's favorite plant is the pussy wiilow and I have procured a couple of new plants. When is a good time to plant them?? No need to tell you that March has been lax in letting go of winter this year. Any help is appreciated!

March 09, 2009 10:19 PM

OpenID livinginalocalzone said...

Your seeds are growing fast! Remind me, when did you plant them again?

March 10, 2009 4:43 AM

Blogger kathy said...

My onions were started 2-12; thyme, celeriac and lavender on 2-21.

I have a pussy willow too and it was good timing to look up info about it. Mine is getting leggy and its a good time to go out and cut some branches to bring inside. Plant yours after the risk of frost is past. (May for NE.)

Here's info I found "Pussy willows ... can grow up to 30 feet in height. If left alone, they become bushy and unkempt in appearance. Pussy willows require severe pruning nearly every year to keep the plants strong and healthy. Don't be afraid to remove long branches to enjoy in spring arrangements.... Unfortunately, pussy willows have invasive roots and should be planted away from septic tank fields, sewer lines or water lines. The invasive nature of their roots is an advantage, however, when they are planted to prevent erosion along stream and pond banks." source:

(PS. I'm a mol biol too. I read RNA.)

March 10, 2009 9:47 AM

Blogger Anne said...

Hi Kathy! Your sprouts are looking great. I just planted broccoli and lettuce this past weekend, but I am having trouble finding a good watering tool. Do you use something special to water your seeds/seedlings? Thanks!

March 10, 2009 10:10 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I have a cute little watering can that works well. I'll post a photo. (I took some yesterday just because I think the can looks pretty.) It has taken me a while to find one I like. A good idea to post later today.

March 10, 2009 10:40 AM

Anonymous Dawnie (CT) said...

Seedings are lookin good Kathy! My broccoli seeds that I just started on Sat are already popping up!! Nothinh yet on my Black Russian toms. This weekend I'll do my lettuce, more herbs and more tomatoes.

To Anne: I use a spay bottle and gently spay everything a few times a day.

March 10, 2009 2:40 PM

Blogger naltieri said...

You inspired me to start my own blog! I am excited. I just noticed that I used a similar format, sorry, I swear I didn't check yours out while setting mine up. I liked the colors etc, but I am sure I must have some "mental" thing happening. Anyway here is the site:
My e-mail if you wish is I am sure I can trust the folks are your site.
I just started so there isn't a lot.
I still believe your is the best site/blog
By the way I'll take any criticism or help.

March 10, 2009 3:35 PM

Blogger getyourselfconnected said...

Thanks for the pussy willow tips!

March 10, 2009 6:14 PM

Blogger lkw said...

It's so great to see seedlings coming up, and yours look like they're doing well. I'm glad to hear that you're now seeing signs of spring.

We've had a spell of unusually warm weather here that has gardeners totally jazzed; we'll undoubtedly have frost before April.

March 10, 2009 9:36 PM

Anonymous James said...

Wow.. these looks so cute like a child. I wanna make like this in my garden.

May 16, 2009 4:07 AM


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