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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Planting, Chitting, Herbs and Seeds

If you remember, I planted garlic in December. They immediately sprouted. The tender tops survived two nights in the mid 20s. Now, I am looking about for more things to plant.

Last night's potatoes had been here long enough to sprout just a bit. The remains with sprouted eyes are awaiting my care. Since I have nothing to lose, I will chit them to get more growth and plant them somewhere in the yard.

The carrot tops might sprout, so I will place them in a saucer or shallow bowl and keep about a 1/4-1/2 of water in those. If they sprout, they will go into sand.

I have been putting seed aside as I never plant them! Someone gave me seeds. I collected them and have almost a full gallon bag. When I sort them, maybe some will get planted. The program that helped with the garlic and flower bulbs will help me. Plus, Jose and his brother will help me a bit. Maybe I will get something going this year.

Herbs are on the horizon. Basil is the only herb I have ever had in my "garden."

While I don't plan on feeding myself, I hope to get more vegetables that I know what poisons have been applied.

Your turn
Have you planted anything yet? Gotten seeds? What do you plant? Is your garden large, small, or pots?

16 comments:

  1. I'm envious of your planting! By the end of the day tomorrow I'll have a foot of fresh snow on the ground. While I do love winter, I love to garden. Our garden is large; I grow for my husband and I and our two daughters.

    The carrots will flower and produce seeds. The flowers are beautiful, very close to Queen Anne's Lace. Enjoy!

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    1. Robin,
      It's not much to envy right now. My plans are not in the ground yet. But, with snow on the way, I do understand the envy. It's great you can grown fresh, healthful food for your family.

      I love the look of Queen Anne's Lace. Thanks.

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  2. I grow mainly in containers - about 20 large ones and this year have planted some in the yard. We have nematodes that really do things in.

    I can plant nearly all year round, so I do. Lots of greens, carrots, radishes, green onions, eggplant, sweet peppers, a few tomatoes. Succession planting works well for me.

    I planted some dried black beans, the ones I cook for myself, just to see if they would grow - they did and continue to put out beans, about a serving size every week. The best bean I grow is Yard Long beans. It's a pole bean that tops 10 feet, the beans are best at about 12-18 inches long. Because the vines are so tall I often miss a bean so let it dry on the vine and have seeds to plant again.

    Seed catalogs have arrived and even though I have enough seeds to get me thru to Aug, I look thru them and circle, star and generally drool over what I wish I could plant. Some seeds will get purchased for planting in Sept/Oct.

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    1. BBellen,
      That is wonderful you can grow year round. I have heard the dried beans we eat will grow. Maybe I can find a place to plant black eyed peas.

      I have heard about these long beans, but only from a blogger in Australia. I just figured we did not grow them here.

      I hear seed catalogs called porn...lol.

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    2. At last, porn no one can object to!!

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    3. Bellen,
      No one will object. Just hope it is satisfying.

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    1. http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/greensprouting-potatoes-

      A way to prepare potatoes for planting.



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    2. Kristine,
      Great. Some people don't go to so much trouble. They just cut the potatoes and let them sit out for a few days.

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  4. We have snow and ice here and there will be no planting for me for quite some. Sigh. I think I'm a Southern girl stuck in the north.

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    1. Sonya Ann,
      I would hate to be stuck in the North. My husband came from the North and tried to move me up there. Nope, I am a Southerner who was determined to stay here.

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  5. Oh but I miss gardening.
    I would always start my early tomatoes on 2 February, in the basement under light/on a heating mat. lovely memories.

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    1. Ur-spo,
      I just wish my basement were warm enough for a setup for starting things. I may convert the kitchen to a greenhouse. The thought of tomatoes makes my mouth water.

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  6. I too still have snow and ice, no planting for me,yet.

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    1. Michelle,
      It is cold here, but no snow and ice. Actually, I have foliage from Naked Ladies emerging from the ground.

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