Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 2/10/14

Yesterday was a big day in the garden. It’s the most time I’ve spent in the garden in a long time. The temperature was 67 degrees, and I loved it! I planted 38 potato plants – red, purple, and fingerlings. Then I trimmed the ice-caused dead leaves off my garlic and added fertilizer and Azomite to the bed. Next, I weeded the asparagus and added Azomite to that bed, as well. Finally, I fertilized the apple trees. (I’m a few weeks late with that, but it’s an organic fertlizer; so I should be okay.) After the gardening chores, I examined my seedlings and was amazed.

WINTER CROP SEEDLINGS:

Prior to the ice storm we got two weeks ago, only a handful of the seeds I had planted had germinated – and those, just barely, when the storm hit. Last week, I shared how surprised I was that most of those seedlings had survived the ice. Well, yesterday I got an even bigger surprise – they had grown AND new seeds had germinated over the past week! I figured, after a month of freezing temperatures and no germination, the seeds weren’t going to germinate. They did! They are! And the seedlings that were up a week ago are sporting secondary leaves.

Some of the seedlings have the largest cotyledons (first leaves) I’ve ever seen in my garden. And I’ve never seen secondary leaves on seedlings this small. Is it the Azomite, I wonder? (See my article on Micronutrients in the Garden.)

Check out these beautiful seedlings – post-ice storm of three days with additional days below freezing:

Giant Noble Spinach seedling

Giant Noble Spinach seedling

Purple Top turnip seedling

Purple Top turnip seedling

Watermelon radish seedling

Watermelon radish seedling

Icicle radish seedlings

Icicle radish seedlings

Arugula seedlings

Arugula seedlings

RESURRECTED SEEDS:

After a month in the ground – with times under frost or ice – seeds germinated. Here are a few of them. (I now have beet seedlings, too, but I didn’t get a picture of them.)

Tom Thumb lettuce seedling

Tom Thumb lettuce seedling

Buttercrunch lettuce seedlings

Buttercrunch lettuce seedlings

Scarlet Nantes carrot seedling

Scarlet Nantes carrot seedling

MAKING A COMEBACK:

I thought my watercress and my chrysanthemums were dead and gone, but they’re coming back!

Watercress

Watercress growing back

Purple chrysanthemums growing back

Purple chrysanthemums growing back

Yellow chrysanthemums growing back

Yellow chrysanthemums growing back

SIGNS OF SPRING:

Believe it or not, there are signs of spring in my garden. The tulips are growing – despite the ice storm – and more are busting through the soil every day.

Tulips

Tulips

One of my yard’s wildflowers are in bloom.

Henbit flowering

Henbit flowering

And my older key lime tree has its first baby limes of the year. I’ll be harvesting these in June!

Baby key limes

Baby key limes

Finally, another sign of spring – and the perfect sign of a healthy garden bed – a beautiful earthworm!

Earthworm

Earthworm

A few more weeks, and warmer weather will be here to stay – down here in the South, anyway.

How are your winter crops doing?

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