Friday, June 14, 2013

Dandelion Experiment

I was recently reading an article about dandelion greens.  Apparently they are quite a nutritious green.  Always looking for was to up the nutrients in my diet.

Ah ha!  I know, I will try to grow a few plants in my garden.  I know this sounds crazy because all spring I was eradicating any errant dandelions which had found their way into my grass, but, as long as I pluck the flower before it goes to seed, I should be able to contain them in the vegetable garden.

Earlier this week I captured two seed puffs.  I brought them home and placed the seeds in a small envelope to await the preparation of planting medium an a recycled cell-pack.  We all know how easy it is to "grow" dandelions when you aren't trying.  Let's see what happens when you want the little seeds to germinate.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Germinating some very small seeds directly in the soil.

Adding a cloche to keep the tender seedlings warm on our unusually cool nights.
I don't have an official cloche...but I do have a very large glass vase.  I've turned it upside down to create a cloche or a mini greenhouse for my developing seeds.  a traditional cloche would be bell shaped, but this improvised version does the trick.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Snowball in June Proves You Can Bloom Where You Are Planted

Sometime in the early part of the year 2013, I went to the pantry and discovered one of my red onions had started to go bad.  It was a cold day and I was not wanting to trot out to the composter.  I opened the kitchen door and tossed the smelly onion into the garden. 

Fast forward to June and we find the onion made itself at home in the garden.  This is truly a fine example of the saying, "Bloom where you are planted!"


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