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Garden Gleanings - The first planting of the season

Posted Saturday, February 2, 2008, at 9:27 AM

The first four varieties of the year have hit the soil! (potting soil) And the winners are:

Pak Choy - Canton Short Chinese Cabbage They are able to have young leaves harvest at 35 days and come to maturity in 60. I will transplant in about three weeks.

Optiko Hybrid Chinese Cabbage. Same info as above except 75 days to maturity. Supposedly withstands heat well so I will do some planting outside as well.

Choko Baby Pakchoi. These are good for stir-frying whole. They only grow 3" high. Same transplanting info and can be harvested early. Not good in hot weather so I may replant in fall.

And here is the newest and experimental one for me, Green Globe Artichoke. Generally they are a biennial in California, but they say we can grow them as an annual here and get a decent crop. We'll see.

Deb's mother Wanda just put a bowl of cantaloupe and watermelon on the table in front of me, so I gotta go. Besides, I have to get some progress on the bathroom and if the day warms up like promised, maybe even work some peat moss and compost into the first bed outside!

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The first two raised beds have had wood ash and peat moss mixed in and are now 'aging' for the next week. I will add a little lime and get the hoop material for covering the beds this week.

If all goes as planned, I will plant a row of spinach, swiss chard, onions, several leaf lettuces, chiogga beets, adelaide carrots, sugar snap peas and maybe some more bok choy next weekend. With some protection, they should be able to survive, unless we get that extra cold snap again this spring.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 8:27 PM

Steve, do you know where I can get a water barrel with a spout at the bottom and a screen on top? I saw one on a home improvement show but I can't find it now. I have a great gutter system ready to go if I can find the barrels or instructions to make one.


-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 11:38 AM

If you mean locally, I would check the Farmer's Co-op and Lowes. I don't mean to slight any of the other garden shops, just can not think of them at the moment.

Here is a site to build one:


There is a family over by Normandy Lake on Lyndell Bell Road that sells recycled plastic containers. I believe some of them are food grade containers, so they should be fine for rainwater, just not for human consumption.

Here are some sites to buy one, and of course eBay under search words, 'water barrel' http://www.sprucecreekrainsaver.com/


Hope that helps some.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 12:56 PM

Great websites!! Thanks a million!

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 3:01 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.