While waiting for the winter to subside to a mere whisper instead of gale force (for us here in southeast Tennessee), there has been heated activity in the sunroom/greenhouse. New this year are some electrical devices to aid in the business of seed starting.
Paphiopedilum ‘Quasky #3 x Quasky #4’ not quite open all the way. I just wanted you to see.Since the last post about seed starting which can be seen by clicking here, we have made a couple of additional purchases. The total amount spent on non seeds has been a figure we do not wish to disclose here, even though The Financier does not profess to being a reader of this blog. Was, or is it worth it? The pictures will speak for themselves. The second light stand, a two tier job, was purchased after the space under the first one filled up so quickly. A second heat mat was also installed.
Shown on the left is the progress report on lettuces as of January 8, 2009. On the right, February 1, 2009.We have harvested two meals of this lettuce already. It was yummy and so fresh, as it should be. The ruler shows that another salad is ready and waiting to be picked. The red lettuce, one of two kinds, Revolution and Dazzler, this Revolution is nearly ready to join in the salad bowl. It was planted at the end of December. The green type was planted in late November. There needs to be another sowing soon to have the succession of crops that makes the harvest last longer. These will all be planted in the ground in a few weeks under row cover.
And now for the closing argument… The lettuce seedlings sown on January 1, 2008, photo taken Februay 5, 2008 without heat mats or lights. The truth is in our tummies.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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