Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Harvest Monday and Other Stuff

I actually had a harvest on Sunday evening: spinach from last Fall's sowing.  There were just enough leaves to add to a stir fry at the very end so they just started to wilt.  What rich flavor they had.  I wish there had been more.

You can see other harvests at our host: Daphne's Dandelions.

In other stuff here's a look at how the seedlings are doing.  I've now only had no shows in two pots of Delicious tomatoes.  I may try to put some more seeds in there or just try some marigolds which I know will germinate.  I planted three or four seeds in each pot and now face the daunting task of deciding which one plant to keep in each pot.  You can see below that of the three, no four New Ace peppers there is not much difference so how to choose?


 I'll have to decide fairly soon which of these Amish paste is the one as they get their second set of leaves.   Decisions, decisions!

 And finally also under the category of other stuff, here are the daffodils outside the bedroom wing windows ...

 ... and the hanging pot of pansies using the cinchers I got at the Flower Show ...
 ... and an interesting pattern on the window of my study in the morning light.  The drips are left over from when I had the humidifier in here when I had a cold but the other mark is left by can you guess?
Yes, a bird making contact with the window.  A hazard unintended by having large clear windows in a woodland setting despite my attempts at putting decals up to warn them.  No dead bird was found on the ground so I think this one survived to hit again another day.

17 comments:

Robin said...

Nice spinach harvest. Since I have been pre-sprouting my seeds, I no longer have to decide which one to pull! I have a difficult time with that.

That's a great pic of the window!

Marcia said...

I tried presprouting seeds I got from Wilderness but they didn't germinate. I may offer some of the seedlings to my mom or daughter.

SunnyBeachJewelryGarden said...

Great flowers! Spring! Hurray!

gardentowok said...

I have the same decision making problem, what I frequently end up doing is carefully separating the seedlings and potting up each so I have to give away. Cheerful spring flowers.

wilderness said...

Marcia you seedling are coming along. I plant my seed in flats then transplant them into cell packs so no choosing. Anyone who dare germinate is in for a summer in the garden. I feel the transplant makes a big difference in the sturdiness of the seedling. Have always done it that way. When we owned the greenhouse it was hours of transplanting but that is the way it is done in most commercial greenhouses. It would help you tomatoes greatly as you could bury those that are getting leggy. I have my lights almost touching the plants at all times.

Marcia said...

Thanks for the pointers, Wilderness. I think I may transplant some of these and like you said plant a little deeper to make them sturdier. I know my mom would probably take them for her garden.

Emily said...

I think I'll pass on taking any of your seedlings. They wouldn't transport well and I'm sure I'll have plenty (and some to give away) with the ones I just planted.

Mary Hysong said...

That is why I use soil blocks; I use the tiny 3/4" ones and put a single seed in each, I can fit two flats, containing a total of 400 blocks on my heating mat. As soon as most have germinated I pot on to 2" blocks and move them off the mat. As they out grow those blocks they go into 4-6 inch pots in the greenhouse. Continuous waves of little plants all spring.

Stoney Acres said...

Over wintered spinach is the way to go! All that cold weather just adds to the flavor! We usually just plant spinach in the fall and don't even bother with a spring planting!

Marcia said...

I planted a whole bed this spring. We really like it cooked down.

Marcia said...

I don't grow enough plants. My garden is small so I'll stick to this method and share if I can't snip.

The Sage Butterfly said...

I love watching seedlings sprout and grow. It is so satisfying. Happy harvest!

HolleyGarden said...

Your spinach looks great! And I know it was yummy - I won't eat canned spinach anymore! That wing on the window was intriguing. Like an angel had come by to say hello.

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

Just planted some spinach. I can't wait for it to grow. I love the photo of the bird print on the window. Looks like an angel.

Lynn said...

Great harvest! I know how you feel about the seedlings. I hate choosing! I am always concerned I will choose the wrong one and I hate just throwing out a perfectly good seedling. lol!!! The flowers are beautiful!

Lynn

Barbie said...

Poor bird. Ah, well. I found squirrel marks on mine the other day. Figure that one out!? Second story- I think he was trying to "FLY". LOL.
FLowers are amazing - the spinach looks yummy. Can't wait to watch those tomatoes GROW!!!

Jean said...

I wish I could grow spinach here in GA.:(

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