Wednesday, April 1, 2015
My sage plant from last summer survived the winter indoors. In fact, it did so well that it started to bloom--very pretty, but usually an indicator that the plant has decided its time to set seed and die.
Before it keeled over, I took cuttings of new growth from strong shoots of the plant. A dab of rooting hormone and a tuck into damp seedling mix later, and I have a container filled with new potential sage plants.
In the coming weeks, I'll be doing the same with my rosemary plant. It's got long medusa branches on it that are just crying out for propagation.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
There comes a time when your little seedlings, so tenderly started from itty bitty seeds, start resembling the offspring of Medusa.
Here, a mixed flat of cabbages, kale, broccoli and cauliflower (with a few cosmos and calendula tucked in for good measure) are demonstrating that yes, this is what they look like when they need potting on. I'll be spending part of my long weekend moving them to larger homes with fresh seed compost mix.
And of course, I'll be starting a few more seeds...and potting on others...and pinching out top growth...
What else is a long early spring weekend for, I ask you?
Monday, March 30, 2015
I have such an issue with the cabbage white butterflies. They really, really enjoy my happy heirloom varieties and organic gardening techniques. I swear, they make a u-turn off my neighbors' Sevin-laced poison plants and head directly into the salad bar that is my brassica bed.
The tiny seedling above is Lunaria, commonly known as Honesty or Money Plant. I grew up knowing it as Silver Pennies (or Dollars, depending on who's house I was at). It's in the brassica family, kin to the more delicious cabbages and broccoli of the world. In theory, the cabbage whites should be just as attracted to these plants as they are to my heirloom Couve Tronchuda kale plants. Particularly if said kale plants are fenced in by my soon-to-be-built cabbage cages.
I'm hoping they also work to deter the cabbage moths from eating my exotic purple Graffiti cauliflower.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
But perhaps my more favorite thing is to tackle the hard-to-start seeds. Things like the Fraise des Boise strawberry seeds above, persnickety little seeds needing moisture and light to germinate.
I've had great luck so far, which is wonderful. Everything is growing so well, and is so happy, I think in part to the seed compost mix I make up using peat moss, worm castings, vermiculite and perilite. They can't help but grow in all that goodness!