DAY 1 – This year we have targeted three large leaf spinach. With over 450 seeds sown, we are hoping to have a good harvest.
Spinach – Bloomsdale long standing (40 – 60 days).
Spinach – Nobel Giant (43 days).
Spinach – Monstrueux De Viroflay (28 – 50 days).
DAY 6 – Update April 8 2014: No germination from any of the three spinach varieties that were sown.
DAY 9 – Update April 11 2014: Bloomsdale are showing a small sign of germination. With maybe 10 germinations. Neither the Nobel Giant or Monstrueux De Viroflay spinach has germinated.
DAY 33 – Update May 5 2014: Nobel Giantspinach fly into first place with hundreds of buttery spinach starts. While the Monstrueux De Viroflay spinach may do best to be reseeded. The two spinach bed photo is a perfect example of why you want to seed heavy and thin when needed. Not all seeds will germinate.
Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach had a good germination rate.
DAY 61 – Update June 2 2014: . The first heavy day of spinach harvesting.
The Monstrueux De Viroflay Spinach (Monster) are an awesome 10 – 12″ soft buttery leaf. Our germination rate for the this Monster Spinach was 1/10. The germination rate is considerable low.
The Nobel Giant Spinach had a much higher germination rate. The extra plants were thinned and sold for juicing. We plan to hold off sowing any more Nobel Giant Spinach until late fall, as this variety prefers cold temperatures.
Most all of the Bloomsdale Long Standing has bloated. The seeding may have been too heavy. Will retry sowing more seeds in the fall.
DAY 68 – Update June 9 2014:
Monstrueux De Viroflay – awesome for warm growing.
Wasn’t expecting 3-4 inches of snow this morning. Granted it is beautiful, and the snow is melting fast. The main test will be if the recent seeds planted will survive this cold blast?
I almost imagine that the parsnips will benefit from the extra moisture. The carrots may not be as hospitable to the cold. As of yesterday there were a few signs of carrot germination – no where near the vast number if seeds sown.
Broccoli and cabbage seeds should be unaffected – as long as the snow does subside by afternoon.
The front garden got a seed make-over. Last week the parsnip and carrot seeds went into most of the garden beds. Today, short season vegetable seeds were add to the beds. Excited to try cooking with some new vegetables.
Cabbage – Copenhagen market
Cabbage – Baby choi
Cabbage – Michihli
Cabbage – Wong bok
Cabbage – Red Ace
Greens – Collards Georgia southern
Greens – Kale – Red Russian