My Preciousesesesssss

I just want to share my beauties with you, gentle viewers. I obtained most of the seed from the Seed Savers Exchange, but some of them I bought from the Garden District on 14th St. (there were a few things I forgot to order before, and I'm still missing a few things, but I keep telling myself not to buy, no more, I can't fit what I have already!).

All of these photos are from 7 February. (Update--photos disappeared? Perhaps accidentally deleted from Picasa account.)

Here is my spread on the heater near the window.

The Correnta spinach was planted first, at about 1 AM on 28 January.

On the same day, but just a bit later, Common chives, Greek Mini Yevani basil, and Palla Rossa Ashalim radicchio were planted. In the background you can see some winter squash (acorn and another) seeds that I gathered from the squash I bought at the farmers' market in Dupont Circle and used for my so-famous Squash/Turnip/Bean Chili-Stew. I am drying them so I can plant them later!

Hi little basil! What are you doing, growing your first set of true leaves? Oh yes you are, sweet thing! You're going into my drunken noodle, you are a star!

This box was planted two days later (three days, depending on what you consider 1 AM on 28 January to be), with Ace bush tomato, French Breakfast radish, Cheyenne Bush pumpkin, Ailsa Craig onion, Listada de Gandia eggplant, Summer Crookneck squash, Aurora pepper (these will be purple and then mature to orange and then red), Envy soybean (for edamame), and King of the North pepper.

Here's my Cheyenne Bush pumpkins. Only five germinated (so far), and I think I will only keep one plant. Even that will be quite a space requirement. I think I'll have to spread it out across the floor. I might have pumpkins growing underneath my bed.

My pride, my joy, my soon-to-be-steamed-and-salted treasures! In the middle of this photo is the Envy soybeans; to the bottom right is one of the rows of radishes (there are 2.5 rows); at the top left, you can see some of the Ailsa Craig onions coming up near the Cheyenne Bush; and right below the onions are my Summer Crookneck squash. In another two weeks, these boxes will be a jungle; I seriously need to get that planter box in order!

My Envy soybean glamour shot.

This planter box was planted the day after the other box. I had run out of soil, so it has different potting soil, which apparently retains water at a much higher level than does the other soil that I had grown accustomed to. In here, I have Red Russian kale, Purple Top White Globe turnips, Monnopa spinach (a different variety than the one in the pot), Black Cumin, Hidcote Lavender, Russian Tarragon, Mrs. Burn's Lemon Basil, and extra Ace bush tomatoes to share (I'm not a big fan of tomatoes, the only reason I'm growing them is so I can make my own tomato sauces for canning, but seedlings make great random gifts for all those coworkers who love to grow them).

But wait, I didn't plant that...! What the heck? I have been watering the plants once every day or every other day, depending on if I remember to. The plants themselves are happy, but apparently so are the indigenous flora of the cardboard and soil! I wonder if it's edible? (45 minutes later) I think it's a coprinoid mushroom, an "inky cap," on the basis of the gill colour, head shape, vertical ridges in the head, etc. It's only an hour after I took the photo and it's already getting dark in the ridges. It looks almost like this, but I didn't see it as a baby, 'cause I was asleep. Apparently the entire group is not only edible, but also highly prized for their flavour. I don't know if it is, however, a coprinoid, because from the descriptions and pictures, it seems as if they grow in mass bunches. I have just one. Soooo, I'm not going to eat it.

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One Response to My Preciousesesesssss

  1. Hello there, I have just begun reading your blog and I have the same northern virginia trouble of no outdoor space for growing things. I wonder if your photos are posted somewhere else? I would be very interested in seeing what you were able to construct in your apartment.



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