Weekly Garden Update: 2/6/2011

Gardening season begins in earnest.  Our onions and other seeds which we discussed in the last update are germinating.

Seedlings

Onions

We were a bit slow in seeing that the broccoli and cauliflower was up and growing so they were in the dark a couple of days more then they should have been which has made them a bit leggy.  Hopefully that will be fixed as they’re now growing under lights.  We also germinated our snow peas and our sugar snap peas inside this year, and today we planted them all in two boxes.  We decided to do this because the soil temps (as they were last year) are too low to germinate them, but not too low to allow them to grow (we hope).

Pea Peas

In the pan

Today we seeded the celery.

Celery

I cooked venison steaks this past week, attached the recipe in a post just prior to this one.  Last night we had the smothered quail again, and it was great.  No I mean it was *GRREAT*.

The Kale seems to have survived the winter, as have bizarrely, the lettuces.  We have carrots still.  The Garlic is sprouting up through the mulch all over, and seem to be saying, “Ok, Winter did it’s thing, now let the Spring come in Early”.

February Garden

February Garden

Box for Peas

Carrots

Lettuces

Kale

Garlic!

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8 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update: 2/6/2011”

  1. meemsnyc Says:

    I really like how you sow your seeds on a paper towel! I have to try that method!
    BTW, I just got my seed order in, I’ll take a look at your list to see if you want to swap for others.
    Mimi

  2. Daphne Gould Says:

    It is nice that you have so much that lived. Someday when the snow melts I’ll find out if any of mine did. I really hope so.

  3. Barbie Says:

    heyhey – Not bad! Looks like you’ve already been out there planting your spring garden! 😀

  4. Robin Says:

    I have never though of pre-sprouting peas. Make sure you post an update. I’m curious to see how they do.

    Lucky you to be able to see your garden!! We still have a lot of snow on the ground 😦

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      I got the idea about trying to pre-sprout the peas because last year the seeds never germinated due to the cold weather but when I was looking at a soil temp & growing temp table recently, I saw that the snow/sugar seeds need a warmer soil temp to germinate than they need to grow. So we figured we’d give it a try since our Spring season in NC tends to be pretty short most years. We go from winter temps to summer temps in the span of a week sometimes. It makes it difficult to grow Spring crops many years.

  5. kitsapfg Says:

    The onion seedlings are really taking off! Love it when they all pop up and spring forth. My leek seedlings are at just that same stage right now. I like to prespout peas and beans too – especially pole beans as it seems to really help them get a foothold and get going when the soil temps are marginal but the ambient temp is just fine for the plants themselves.

  6. Veggie PAK Says:

    Interesting about the germinating temps and the growing temps. Didn’t know that. What date do you usually plant your leeks out in the garden? I’m in Virginia and last year mine took forever to grow after planting them in August. Now I have half a flat full of them ready to go… somewhere out in the garden. I just need to know the right approximate date or soil temp.

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