It was a busy year! I thought it was about time I let you all know how the season turned out.
Not a single bolter of any of my alliums growing from seed! The Ailsa Craigs did have some pungency and were not super mild, I believe this is typical for Northeast soils. It depends on the sulfur content of the soil.
I still have some Cabernet onions in storage. Contrary to other reports, the Ailsa Craigs lasted 4 months for me before they were gone, without spoilage. We were eating them on Thanksgiving!
Thanks for reading and I hope you had a great 2016 season! It is almost time to start it all over again, I will be doing the onions and leeks in a couple weeks.
For 2017, I think I will chronicle my solanaceous seed starting. See you in a couple months!
Hard to believe it is still technically February, and I am out there planting in the garden! The soil froze last night, but tonight it was nice and workable and temps in the 60's.
I started with some spinach, one of the most cold-hardy crops. This was the spot I planted beans in last summer, so the soil should be nice and nitrogen rich for the green leafy spinach. This is an early variety from Johnny's, Space.
Just dumped it nice and liberally in a trench and buried it about 1/2-1" deep (a little extra cover for winter) and mounded it over. With the ground not forecast to freeze in the next few days I am not providing any protection at all.
Next I sneaked some mustard greens in at the end of a row. I just need a couple plants of this.
Then I planted carrots and lettuce in a raised bed. 2 types of carrots (Bolero and Purple Haze, left over seeds from last year), and Burpee bipp and Adriana butterhead.
Beautiful! Since the lettuce and carrots need more warmth both for germination and growth, I decided to cover these with 3.5mil plastic sheeting I am using elsewhere to warm the soil in preparation for the heat-loving eggplant and peppers. I will keep it on until hard freezes are no longer predicted, or temps get too hot, and then I will replace it with agribon/harvestguard if necessary. The hoops were set up with flexible PVC piping. Works great!
About this site
My name is Peter and I am a gardener in the Lower Hudson Valley. This is my third year growing a very large garden, from seed. This is my journal.