Saturday, January 15, 2011

Results Are In - Double-Triple Pea Experiment

And the lesson learned is:  Don't plant anything after 9/1.

It's not that I can't.  The peas are alive.  At least, the ones the slugs haven't completely decimated.  But the growth is slow.  So slow, that I might as well have just planted them in the spring.  Same goes for the broccoli I'd planted back in November.  It's not dead, but it isn't exactly thriving either.

Yes, I could spend my frosty nights with a flashlight looking for slugs.  I could put row covers over the peas, but honestly, I'd rather take the time off.

So:  I'm not considering the Double-Triple Pea Experiment a failure.  It was actually a success given the goal was to find out how late sown peas would do.  The answer is:  Not well enough for the trouble!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Spring Garden Seedlings Take 2

Day 4 and I've got seedlings.  Boy, these veggie seeds love my office.  I don't think I've had anything sprout so fast.  (And yes, my new Johnny's cabbage seeds have sprouted along with the others, yay!) Now my quandary is where to put them.  I've got a choice between the shop light set up in my workshop or my mini greenhouse.  Indoors, they'll get 15 hours of light.  Outdoors, they'll get about 10 hours of light, but it will be stronger light.

I put the question out to the very helpful gardeners at  In the meantime, I think I'll put these little critters under the shop lights for today and go from there.