2016 Garden – April

The Month of April was a good one.

April 17, 2016:

Starters have way out grown their container. I am finally getting around to transferring them into a larger 72 cell tray. While doing this I realized I didn’t actually comprehend how much I planted. Everything grew pretty well except the red oak leaf lettuce didn’t sprout. Also because I waited to long, a lot of the plants are stringy. Yuk!


plants have out grown thier container


i still have a few more rows of tomatoes to transfer!



April 21, 2016:

Today I planted the second batch of seeds…

KALE: Red Winter (s2011), Dinasaur (s2010), Dwarft Blue Curled (s2011)

COLLARDS: Georgia (s2010)

BUSH BEANS: Dragon Tongue (s2013), Black Turtle (s2010), Blue Lake 274 (s2015)

CUCUMBERS: Countryfair (s2015), Straight 8 (s2013), Spacemaster 80 (s2013)

BROCCOLI: Raab Rapini (s2015)

OKRA: Clemson Spineless 8 (s2010)

ZUCCHINI: Dark Green (s2013), Golden (s2015), Black Beauty (s2013)

SWISS CHARD: Ruby Red (s2011), Flamingo (s2011), Fordhook Giant (s2011), Bright Lights (s2011), Bright Canary (s2015), Cardinal (s2015)

CELERY: Tall Utah (s2011)

MUSTARD GREENS: Red Giant (s2010)

LETTUCE: Gourmet Mix (s2012), Mild Mescluin Mix (s2011), Green Romain (s2015), Dark Lolla Rossa Red Leaf (s2015), Susan Green Oak (s2015)

PEAS: Sugar Daddy (s2010), Fordhook (s2013), Progress #9 (s2010)

  Finally my vision is complete. I have all my starters growing all on one shelving unit.




I can’t wait to watch these newbies sprout!


April 22, 2016:

Expanded my indoor growing today! I added a few more shelves on the 2 other windows that get good sunlight. I also constructed them with grow lights…

So excited to have fresh herbs right in my kitchen: thyme, cilantro, dill, basil, parsley & oregano.

I wraped each grow shelve with a tapestry to help keep the light from blinding us. Keeps a lot of the light in. Serves as a great night light. 😉 I just used yarn to tie the tapestry up on each side.

Can’t wait until the stores carry house plants. I vision an ivy plant on the top shelf.

Lettuce and microgreens

Wonderful lettuce from Woods Rose Market.

I planted some celery seeds, never have any luck with them actually growing. Was excited to see these at Town & Country! Might actually have some this summer.

Built these 2 shelves today too.

Rosemary from Woods Rose Market

Regular sage & pineapple sage. This stuff is awesome! Herbs actually has a pineapple scent to them…


April 24, 2016:

Sprouted: Dino Kale, Dwarf Blue Curled Kale, Georgia Collards, Dragon Tongue Bush Beans, Spring Rapini Broccoli Raab, Black Beauty Zucchini

My first batch of starters are growing great.


April 26, 2016:

I noticed that the popsicle sticks I use for identifying my starts are growing a white mold. I replaced all of them with plastic tags.

Sprouted: Country Fair/Straight 8 & Spacemaster 80 Cucumbers, Clemson Spineless Okra, Dark Green & Golden Zucchini,  Ruby Red/Flamingo/Bright Lights/Bright Canary & Cardinal Swiss Chard, Red Giant Mustard, Gourmet Mix/Mild Mescluin Mix/Dark Lolla Rossa/Susan Green Oak Lettuce, Sugar Daddy & Fordhook Pea, Black Turtle & Blue Lake 274 Bush Bean, Red Winter Kale, Thyme



April 29, 2016:

I planted the Chocolate Mint & Orange Mint I bought from Woods Rose Market. Can’t wait to use in smoothies!


The microgreens are so green and beautiful right now.


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