Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Cabbage for St. Patrick's Day
Well, I'm not harvesting it (or eating it, unless I get some shopping in before dinner), but I am going to show off my lovely seedlings:
which are out in the cold frame enjoying the sunshine and battening down for a chilly night. I am growing (all may not be in this photo) Red Acre, Early Jersey Wakefield, Charleston Wakefield, Tronchuda (a.k.a. Portuguese Kale), and a red Chinese cabbage called Ip Ssam Hong, all for the demo garden, as well as a cabbage mix for my own garden. Heeding the chorus of voices suggesting that I start seeds as early as February 1, I did so and am glad to have well-developed seedlings to plant out as soon as the weather allows, although I am also glad to have cold frames because there really is no more space inside and it may snow a bit later this week.
Today, however, was lovely, and we started work for 2015 in the Derwood Demo Garden in our green shirt-sleeves. The soil was still a bit soggy and cold to do much with (and the compost is frozen solid) but we mulched paths and tidied up, and I planted some peas in a raised bed, because it's St. Patrick's Day and one is supposed to at least give peas a try. We'll see if they have germinated by next week - it may be a bit cold still.