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It has been a busy couple of days over at the garden.  Last Friday evening was spent trenching around the perimeter of the entire garden plot.  All 12 garden owners went in together to rent a trencher that would dig a 3′ trench around the outer edge.  Then on Sunday the fence that keeps the critters out was raised.  The garden is now officially open for business…

One of the first things that was done in the plot was constructing the potato box..

I then turned over the existing soil and planted  irish cobbler and red skinned potato seeds. I will post pics. as the potatoes begin to germinate.

Meanwhile back at our apartment, the tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings are really starting to take off.  Some of the tomato seedlings are now about 2′ tall and still have about 2-3 weeks before they can go outside.

Here is a summary of what else we have planted so far:

Cherry Belle Radish

Tennis Ball Lettuce

Green Bibb Buttercrunch Lettuce

Royal Chatenay Carrot

Di Cicco Broccoli

Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale

Finally, we started the first of our wedding flowers.  Natalie sowed some Bells of Ireland flower seeds in a 5′ x 4′ plot that should yield enough for the bouquets.

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Seedling update…

The tomato seedlings are now a few weeks old and are really starting to take off as most now have their true leaves.  Below are some photos taken about a week apart.  Notice that some of the plants still have their cotyledon (the little seed sack attached to the first set of leaves).

-What a difference a week makes…  The photo on the left was taken on March 23, about 9 days later the plants begin getting their true leaves.

-I love these 2 photos, again shot about 9 days apart. Notice the additional set of leaves on the tomato plants on the right.

-The photo on the left was taken after 1 week,  the cotyledon still attached.  At this point in the plant development it is still getting its energy from the reserves stored in the seed.  The photo on the right was shot 9 days later. The cotyledon is gone and it has its true leaves. The plant is now getting its energy via photosynthesis rather than the energy stored energy in the cotyledon.

To see more photos click on the links below:

Seedlings on March 23

Seedlings on April 1

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I found out last week that I got a garden plot through Project Grow. I had been on the waitlist but someone at the Hunt Park site decided to split his full lot and give me half. The plot is 12.5′ x 30′ or 375 sq.ft. which should give us plenty of space to plant our tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, carrots, onions, and a little area for herbs. The plan is to then plant and share the cucumbers, zucchini, squash, and pumpkins at Karen’s.

Here are some pictures of the Hunt Park site, and some updated pictures of the seedlings.




We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. -Abraham Lincoln

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Seedling update…

This evening I transplanted some of the stronger tomato seedlings into bigger containers. This will give their roots a little more room and allow them to grow a little taller since they still have about a month before they go outside.

I also sowed some Arugula and Red Romaine lettuce seeds.

Here are some updated pics…


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Seedling pics

Here are some pictures of the seedlings. My tray is on the left, the seedlings are now 2 weeks old. Karen and Laura’s tray is on the right, their seedlings are now 9 days old.


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The first seedlings

After one week the first seedlings have started to sprout (see pictures below). The tomatoes seem to be doing the best so far, although the peppers usually take 10-14 days to germinate. Hopefully, we will see some pepper seedlings in the next blog post…



To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.

~Mohandas K. Gandhi

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