Gardening Update: First seeds planted
I've been a little late in posting this, because of storms and other things that have come up over the past couple of weeks. Â About mid March we had some really warm weather, and I thought it would be a good time to start planting. Â I also knew that at least one more snow storm was on it's way, so I didn't want to plant everything. Â So, I planted my cold weather plants. Â I started with my Detroit Red beets, which are a good general beet for pickling and baking. Â I love pickled beets, particularly if they are sweet beets, so I got quite a few. Â They are also heirloom (though not packaged as such), so I can collect the seeds next year and replant them. Â I planted about three to four short rows of these. Â Next I planted some watermelon radish seeds that my Parents had, just for some variety. Â They are a white radish with a red center. Â I planted about three rows of these, though to date my cat has dug up almost one whole row. Â Stupid cat.The next group of plants were my Golden Beets. Â Another heirloom variety, these beets do not bleed as the red ones do and are extremely sweet, so they are good for baby food. Â I planted three rows of these. Â Following those I planted five rows of an heirloom beet that escapes my memory, but has concentric alternating circles of red and white going through the body. Â I thought they would be interesting pickled, and provide some variety with the other two beets.Â I then had my father plant some icicle radishes, a long white radish. Â Next to that I planted some regular carrots that my mother picked up. Â These were special, in that they were the VeggieTales carrots, which show my nephews absolutely adore. Â Finally I had two very long rows to plant, so I planted some head lettuce and some leaf lettuce. Â I'm not usually a lettuce eater, because I'm not too fond of iceberg lettuce (it's absolutely tasteless in my opinion), and I don't trust lettuce in a plastic bag. Â The lettuce always seems to go bad very quickly, along with just about every other plant in a plastic container. Â Nope, it's just better to grow your own. Â And finally, I planted some heirloom lemon cucumber seeds in a small spot at the top of the little garden. Â These look like tiny melons, but taste like cucumbers, and should look really cool floating in a nice, large pickle jar.It's also a good thing I restrained myself from planting the corn I have waiting, and the pumpkins. Â I wanted to wait until the danger of a frost was over, which will be sometime this month. Â Also, I would have planted my Bloody Butcher dent corn (really good for parched corn) near my Strawberry Popcorn, which would have been disastrous. Â As it stands I'm going to have to plant the popcorn at my in-laws house to protect the seeds and have a good crop. Â The pumpkins I'm not too worried about, as they will have a physical barrier. Â But that barrier only goes up to 4 feet, which means the corn could try to cross-pollinate. Â Not a good thing for two heirloom varieties, both of which are very useful for long-term storage. Â At any rate, I'm really excited for this year's growing season. Â I already have a list of plants I want to get for next year, and I'm in the process of finding locations for them as this year's experiments take shape.