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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

2013 Vegetable List


I have just bought some seed trays, a bag of compost and a bag of organic fertilizer. I am ready for sowing the seeds! I usually sow it directly into the soil, but this year I will sow many of my vegetables in trays to get early seedlings. The trays I bought have 12 cells, ideal to sow one kind of vegetable in one. I do not need many plants at once and I will sow the seeds three times every second week. It prolongs the cropping season too.

This is my vegetable list for the following gardening season:

Pea 'American Wonder'
Broad bean 'Aquadulce', these two go directly into the soil round mid-March because they like cooler growing conditions and germinate at 4°C.
Celery 'Galaxy', self bleached
Celeriac
Kale 'Precoce di Toscana',
Kale 'Scarlet'

Kale 'Black Tuscany'
Lettuce, mixed
Parsley 'Lisette'
Tomatillo, to try something new
Pepper 'Numex Twilight'
Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'
Climbing bean 'Dolico del metro'
Spinach
Dwarf french bean 'Boston'
Dwarf French bean 'Amethyst'


Mangold
Cucumber 'Sunnybrook'
Courgette
Tomatoes, several varieties

I buy seedlings from cabbage family on the market and usually plant.
Kohlrabi
Cabbage, early
Brussels sprouts



Onion and garlic are already planted in Autumn, but I will plant some more onion bulbs because I love spring onion.



Monday, 25 February 2013

Heralds of Spring

After ten dark days the sun showed up this morning. It is amazing how everything looks different! I took a few shots of the first Spring flowers in my garden...






Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hellebore


The reason why I haven't posted anything on my blog for quite some time is my camera. Namely, the battery is dying... When I try to take the shot the camera closes! I certainly must buy the new battery. I took these shots with the mobile, but I don't like the quality of the pictures...


Anyway, these Hellebore flowers are so beautiful  to miss them so, I took some pictures with my mobile. Somehow, the pictures look like paintings, don't you think so?


It is snowing today again. Nothing spectacular, just a few centimeters of snow. I did not sew anything in the house. Though the days are longer, there is still little light for the seedlings. They tend to be etiolated, that is too long and fragile. I am eager to start the new gardening season but I will wait for a week or two before any gardening work. The seed is sorted out and waits to be sown.
Meantime, I am drawing the new planting plans and list the tasks for the following gardening season.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

The balls are getting smaller and smaller!

This morning dawned with 10 cm of snow. It is wet and heavy and is already melting down... At least we will have this winter magic for one day.





Friday, 1 February 2013

Alocasia


Apparently, my house plants feel good. My Alocasia macrorrhizos decided to bloom too. This plant from the arum family, Araceae comes from the rain forest of Malaysia.


This is the typical inflorescence of the arum plants.  In nature, these are really giant plants but in pots they reach up to 1.8 m in hight. They rhizomes produce really large leaves. 


Small drops of water used to appear on the edge of the leaf, which is know as guttation.


During Summer I keep the pots outside. In the house, they need bright and warm place, regularly watering, and sprinkling of the leaves.
The stem is edible, but it contains crystals of calcium oxalate which irritate the skin. I presume, it has to be well cooked before eating!