Snow Seeding revisited by Dan Christina


Here are the results of a very early (for us) seeding.  As I mentioned a couple weeks ago in my post, Snow Seeding, I started two lettuce and two spinach varieties, and the light was just right so I also started some Artichoke ‘Imperial Star’ and Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’.  Using a blend of Fine Germination Mix, sand and Turface, I set up two trays of 50 star plugs.

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Yahoo!  The first sprouted seeds of the season.  The kind of excitement, anxiety and anticipation that this evokes in me is a feeling I am sure all gardeners feel when their first batch of seeds breaks the surface. The Artichokes took an extra weekend to sprout (comming up on Saturday), and you can see the difference a few days makes in the different pictures.

As for the material in the cold frames, we harvested (culled) the rest of the radishes, lettuce, and turnips and are waiting to see what happens with the carrots which sat without growing an inch-not ONE inch-since December. They do look delicatley delicious.


At least the radishes are in good shape!


Having cleared out room, the soil gets cultivated and as soon as the seedlings from the plug trays are ready (another couple weeks), they will be set out and hopefully flourish.

The only plants that will be kept indoors and potted up to the next size are the Artichokes as they will need at least 8 more weeks in the greenhouse before moving outdoors to be vernalized (more on that when it happens).

Next week will see another batch of seed starting, and the pace will only pick up from there!  How are your seedlings doing?