Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/17/13

Yes, that is ice in that picture! We experienced some real winter here at my Sanctuary Garden last night! I went to bed with a small dusting of snow on my car and woke up to ice in my water buckets! Not a big deal for this Yankee, but I was concerned for my plants. Unfortunately, I lost the asparagus again. It was so cold, that even under the covering, my new batch of asparagus spears froze. However, everything else in the garden is looking pretty good.

THE NEW:

The bed with my potatoes is cracking, and I have two potatoes just starting to poke through the soil – one Yukon Gold and one purple potato. I bet you can tell the difference (even if I didn’t label it).

Yukon Gold potato ~ 15 days post planting

Yukon Gold potato ~ 15 days post planting

Purple potato ~ 15 days post planting

Purple potato ~ 15 days post planting

The snow peas have tendrils!

Snow pea with tendril ~ 25 days post planting

Snow pea with tendrils ~ 25 days post planting

I harvested my first Easter Egg radishes. (See my Sanctuary Spotlight on Radishes for planting and harvesting information, as well as tasty radish recipes.)

Easter Egg radishes

Easter Egg radishes

My key lime tree experienced its first fruit drop. Expected, but still traumatic to me. It looks like a key lime graveyard! (I’m hoping it’s part of the normal fruiting process and not because my tree is too young to bear fruit yet.)

Key lime fruit drop

Key lime fruit drop

In my seedling tray, I have what appears to be an albino pepper! It came out of the seed like this. It hasn’t grown, but it hasn’t died either. It is a very pale yellow. Odd.

Albino pepper??

Albino pepper??

The Coleus have secondary leaves now. Time to transplant to cups.

Coleus ~ 4 weeks post planting

Coleus ~ 4 weeks post planting

MOST CHANGED:

In last week’s garden update, the celery leaves were barely beginning to poke out. Look at them now, a week later!

Celery

Celery

SEEDLINGS:

I’ve transplanted into 16 oz cups quite a few plants: tomatoes, peppers, tomatillo, artichoke, sage, basil, flat parsley, cilantro. I lost only one tomato plant during the transplanting process, so I’m pretty happy. Look how well they’re growing.

Various peppers ~ 4 weeks post planting

Various peppers ~ 4 weeks post planting

Various tomatoes ~ 4 weeks post planting

Various tomatoes ~ 4 weeks post planting

Artichoke ~ 4 weeks post planting

Artichoke ~ 4 weeks post planting

OUT IN THE GARDEN:

I mentioned last week that I think the epsom salt foliar spray has had a positive effect on my plants. I still think so, but I believe I need to spray again (it’s been almost two weeks), especially as we’ve had so much rain since I last sprayed. Everything IS looking sturdier, greener (or redder, in the case of some of the lettuce), and larger. I’m not harvesting yet – it has been rather cold lately, which does inhibit the growth of plants (even winter ones) – but I’m happy with the improvement in everything.

The arugula is about ready to harvest – for its small, tender leaves. (The smaller leaves don’t taste as strong as the older, larger leaves.)

Arugula ~ 40 days post planting

Arugula ~ 40 days post planting

My lettuce is coming along! It needs another feeding of fish emulsion…and some warm weather! Here are pics of a couple varieties:

Tom Thumb lettuce ~ 4 weeks post planting

Tom Thumb lettuce ~ 40 days post planting

Red Sails lettuce ~ 4 weeks post planting

Red Sails lettuce ~ 40 days post planting

My spinach, beets, and carrots are doing well. My turnips are doing better, but it’s amazing how much bigger the Purple Top turnips are compared to the Golden Globe turnips. They’re in the same bed, get the same light and food. Odd.

Golden Globe turnips ~ 40 days post planting

Golden Globe turnips ~ 42 days post planting

Purple Top turnips ~ 42 days post planting

Purple Top turnips ~ 42 days post planting

Kale loves the cold weather, and I’m chomping at the bit to harvest my first leaves! (Patience, grasshopper.)

Kale ~ 42 days post planting

Kale ~ 42 days post planting

THE PESTS:

Yes, I have a pest…or two or three. I believe these holes were made by squirrels. These are in front of my compost pile, but they’ve dug a few in my beds, killing my plants!

HOLES!

HOLES!

Whatever these critters are, I’m about to become like Bill Murray in “Caddyshack!”

Well, it’s time to cover the asparagus bed again (to protect the tips that are starting to poke through the soil) for another sub-freezing night. Then I think I’ll go stare at my seedlings under the grow lights and day dream of spring.

2 comments on “Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/17/13

  1. Yes indeed, we had a 29 degree night…almost lost my container lettuce and I’m almost positive the Yukon sprouts aren’t gonna make it…covered my beet seedlings with a large Tupperware container and seems to have done them right…Tonight is suppose to be 2 degrees colder…brought the lettuce in and covered the spider babies under a plastic sheet with an old bed spread…Picked up a Blueberry bush from Home Depot…will keep you apprised of the hopeful yields…

    • I have 14 large beds, so I can’t cover everything. I put a thick sheet over the asparagus. It worked before, but not last night. Everything else looked good this morning. Let’s hope all will be well tonight!

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