Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

What a great garden club meeting! Thanks folks.

Posted Sunday, February 6, 2011, at 11:46 AM
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  • The forum I've been using is http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/wtrsow/

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Sun, Feb 6, 2011, at 10:13 PM
  • A good site is www.wintersown.org. It's easy to find information there. The gardenweb site is organized around specific questions and answers by other gardeners.

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Sun, Feb 6, 2011, at 10:31 PM
  • Those blocks look pretty good!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Feb 7, 2011, at 9:26 AM
  • Thanks jbillswms.

    Compared to what we were doing at the meeting, they ar getting better. I just fiddled with them a few minutes ago and they have firmed up a little more from original making.

    Not grown anything yet, but just like a watched pot, things seem to happen slower than when you just put it aside and come back later. These are right in front of my desk and see them hour by hour.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Feb 7, 2011, at 10:44 AM
  • Steve, These look like logs used to grow illegal mushrooms.I think I see some sprouting out.Better watch yourself.LOL

    -- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Mon, Feb 7, 2011, at 6:47 PM
  • Hmmm, mushrooms huh?

    Back in my youth they used to make brownies with something funny inside but I did not think it was mushrooms. Then again.............

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Feb 8, 2011, at 8:15 PM
  • And the winners are: NAPA cabbage http://search.store.yahoo.net/evergreenseeds/cgi-bin/nsearch?catalog=evergreense... and Chin Chang cabbage http://www.evergreenseeds.com/chincabhybme.html. These are the first seeds to poke their heads from the soil blocks.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 9, 2011, at 8:14 PM
  • Today 10 of the 12 cabbages listed above are up.

    The outer blocks seem to be drying faster so I paid a little more attention to them with water. About two drops directly on the center top and then 2.5 cups of water poured in the tray.

    Pouring water in one area would not distribute evenly so I poured water around the edges and down each 'aisle' of blocks.

    On this cold 15 degree morning it was heart warming to see the new growth.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 10, 2011, at 9:31 AM
  • I took a picture a few days ago of the plants that had come up but that has changed, as you might expect. I would have revised it again this morning but alas, I let the battery run down.

    Three types of cabbage are up and going, all oriental types, I am not into most head cabbage. This is mostly a taste preference. The one exception so far is Napa.

    Cabbage seeds are tiny and while I thought I was limiting one seed per block, apparently I slipped a few extras in. All but one block has sprouted, so maybe I did not get anything into it?

    I am not surprised the tomato, pepper and onions are not sprouting yet. Onions are notoriously slow and the other two are still within parameters, but I would not be totally shocked if the tomatoes did not sprout at all. (old seed)

    The surprise is that one whole row of of "Long Green Petiole" oriental cabbage has not shown any signs of life. I would have expected them to be similar to the others.

    A balmy 30 degrees out there today. I re-checked the extended forecast and it looks good for this week. A few days ago it showed a extreme dip to 11 degrees on Thursday night but I figured it was a typo. This morning it is gone so that makes me feel warmer already.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 8:43 AM
  • Holy @#$% farmer John! What were those chickens eating??

    Someone spread chicken manure on their fields this morning and WOW! I have breathed in the essence before but this batch smelled like burning garbage. (or maybe it was burning garbage?)

    The farmer may still be in the field, overwhelmed by the intensity! Maybe I should check on them?

    I got a load of chicken manure the first year we moved onto the farm, but had the good sense to dump it about 4.5 football fields away from the house. Give me horse, goat or even cow manure, but chicken and hog has to be left to the professionals.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 12, 2011, at 9:31 AM
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