Winter has been a bit on the bright side lately, lots of white on the ground, stars in the skies, everything all standing flocked out. However, with the waxing of the moon, we’re seeing a bit of a break; rain instead of snow, and nights not falling below freezing. Most of the snow is gone and all the scraggily undergrowth of brambles revealed. We can start thinking about some garden items!
Glenn brought home a couple kitschy "Garden in a Bag" items; some marigolds and oregano. Recent visits to the local home and garden centers and you’ve seen them stock up, seeds are out and peat moss, in a variety of different incarnations (compacted, pelleted, molded, sculpted, bagged, oh wow!).
At the beginning, we are germinating, in staggering weeks, under some compact fluorescent lights in the make-shift greenhouse I’ve made space for in the mechanical room of the house. It stays nice and warm in there since that’s where the water heaters are located. This first week we prepared a tray of onion seeds, different varieties to learn what grows well in this micro-climate of ours. In the next tray we start some Garden Cress, Broccoli Raab, Celery, Romaine lettuce, and parsley.
So in the spirit of celebrating the beginnings of life, new chapters, here are some micro close ups of the first days of a seed’s growth. Very tender and wispy you can even see some of the smallest hairs, signs of life! Woooo-hoooo!