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, March 29, 2008
I planted three types of kale seeds. They are developing nice second leaves now. Each look different. Clockwise from top left: Winterbor, Red Russian, Tuscan and another shot of Red Russian.
Kale (Brassica oleracea, Acephala Group)
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the "true" leaves look like the icicle formations. fascinating. when and where did you start these? from what seed company did you buy them?
H Alec, I planted the seeds March 11 and they are from Johnny's and Sandhill Preservation Center.
i love sand hill preservation, they are the only honest seed comapny in my book, including negative information with the positive in their seed packets. burpee seems to lack the mot integrity, however, the quality of most of their products compensates for it.
These reminded me a little of broccoli seedlings, and I see they are Brassicas, so now wonder! I get so much enjoyment from new "babies" - flora or fauna. Are these in that neat tray that you showed hanging in your window?
Are those seeds in the ground or are they in trays in your house?
These kale seedlings are in a tray that hangs in my window. Yesterday I put the tray outside for a few hours.
Last Tuesday, I directly sowed various lettuce/ mesclun mixes and am excited to report that I saw some signs of sprouting yesterday!
I also planted some romaine and buttercrunch seedlings and they are doing well, despite the plunge of temperatures this past weekend! I also put in 6 Brussels sprouts seedlings.
I'm bit nervous to transplant outside yet. Even the tough kale and onions. Though my local CSA farmer is putting out her seedlings this week, before the weekend rains. (I may help her transplant on Friday. Maybe I can bring my camera!!)
Your seedlings sound good. Brussels sprouts are tough. That's nice and quick for lettuce sprouting. I can just imagine the full mid summer gardens... Aaahhh
i recently planted burpees "black seeded simpsons" and"royale mix", and germination occured overnight! Kathy, i reccomend hardening off the seedlins this weekend and transplanting next weekend, to ensure a more minute risk of frost
I started hardening off the kale and onions yesterday. They are outside and partially shaded during the days now. Once the weekend cold passes, I'll leave them on my unheated porch overnight. They will need a week of this as you say. They are very delicate. Thanks for the advice!
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