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.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

last seedlings

last seedlings of the season 024 These are my last seedlings of the season. They will go out in the cold frame soon. Maybe tomorrow. I will pull aside the cucumber vines and pull out the eggplants to make room for them. These are mostly salad greens. Spinach, lettuce, escarole and arugula. A few broccoli's. I just love a cold frame full of winter spinach!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever grown mache? I have a little plot in MA. A person gave me some seeds in early September and told me they would be ready to harvest by the end of October. They are little plants and I was wondering if they would be good in the coldframe.

September 29, 2012 9:45 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I have never grown mache. Its always fun to experiment. I have been amazed this year at how fast my greens are growing. The weather is perfect. cool, and lots of good rain.

The rule of thumb is that plants do not grow after Nov 10 at our latitude. Not enough sun.

Mache is ready to harvest 40 days after planting the seeds. So if you planted about September 10, they will be full size by Nov 10. If they are out in the garden you can harvest and eat them before a heavy frost. If you have lots, then it sounds like it would be fun to have them in a cold frame and continue to harvest during the winter. They won't grow more, but they will stay above a deep freeze temp and you can continue to harvest. Here's a link. Elliot says mache is great in a cold frame!

September 29, 2012 10:24 PM


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