Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 1/13/13

With the unseasonably warm weather here in the Charleston, SC area, seedlings are popping out all over my garden. So much so, I felt another garden update was needed. Here’s what has happened in my garden since Friday’s update.

I found my first strawberry flower (see main picture above). All my strawberry plants are from one original root that spent last season spreading out runners and putting down new roots. It didn’t produce any strawberries last year. Obviously, I’m in for a harvest this year!

Last spring I planted asparagus roots. I let them grow and go to fern for the year, knowing I could harvest this winter. I didn’t expect any spears until February, but here are my first ones!

Asparagus 13Jan13

First asparagus spears

Asparagus grows very quickly, so it will be interesting to see how many hours (not days) it’ll be before I can harvest these. Not to mention awaiting all the other spears to break through the soil.

Below are pictures of what has popped through the soil in the past two days:

KALE:

Kale 2.12Jan13

Kale @ 7 days

Kale 12Jan13

Kale @ 7 days

BLOOMSDALE LONG STANDING SPINACH:

Bloomsdale spinach 12Jan13

Bloomsdale spinach @ 7 days

GIANT NOBLE SPINACH:

Giant Noble spinach 2.12Jan13

Giant Noble spinach @ 7 days

Giant Noble spinach @ 7 days

Giant Noble spinach @ 7 days

DAIKON RADISH:

Daikon radish 2.13Jan13

Daikon radish @ 8 days

EASTER EGG RADISHES:

Easter Egg radishes 13Jan13

Easter Egg radishes @ 8 days

WATERMELON RADISH:

Watermelon radish 3.12Jan13

Watermelon radish @ 7 days

GOLDEN GLOBE TURNIPS:

Golden Globe turnip 13Jan13

Golden Globe turnips @ 8 days

DETROIT RED BEETS: They came through the soil 8 days early!

Detroit Red beets 3.13Jan13

Detroit Red beets @ 6 days

Detroit Red beets 13Jan13

Detroit Red beets @ 6 days

EARLY BLOOD RED TURNIP BEETS:

Early Blood Red Turnip beets 2.13Jan13

Early Blood Red Turnip beet @ 6 days

BLACK SEEDED SIMPSON LETTUCE:

Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce 13Jan13

Black Seeded Simpson lettuce @ 6 days

TOM THUMB LETTUCE:

Tom Thumb lettuce 12Jan13

Tom Thumb lettuce @ 5 days

RED ROMAINE LETTUCE:

Red Romaine lettuce 13Jan13

Red Romaine lettuce @ 6 days

RED SAILS LETTUCE:

Red sails lettuce 2.12Jan13

Red Sails lettuce @ 5 days

It’s amazing how quickly everything is germinating. I’m sure it’s because of the 75-80 degree days we’ve been having. It’s great, don’t you think? However, this interruption in winter (okay, Southern winter, but still winter) may be great for my plants, but I fear that lurking beneath the surface of my soil are hundreds and hundreds of nasty insect eggs waiting to hatch and attack my veggies this spring! So, on second thought, this may not be so great after all.

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