We have potatoes!
|Russet potato seedlings|
|Yukon gold potato seedlings|
One of the earliest potato sprouts was killed by frost, but the plants quickly sent up new shoots and are starting to fill out the boxes. Each potato has multiple eyes (and I buried them whole) so we'll see what we end up with in the fall.
|Amaranth Seedlings (transplanted among the strawberries)|
I transplanted the Amaranth Seedlings seedlings outdoors. They were started from seeds (purchased in the bulk bin at Whole Foods) in the cold frame. All parts of this plant are edible. The leaves are spinachlike in taste/texture/nutrition and the high protein seeds are edible as a cereal grain, flour, or "popped like popcorn."
|Buckwheat seedlings transplanted among those seeded and asparagus|
|Crooked asparagus from frost damage|
Many of our asparagus spears are emerging with crooked tops. This is from frost damage. I did bury them when I knew frost was coming. They didn't die, but I guess it still wasn't enough to prevent some damage. They are still edible - just ugly.
|Golden Flax seedlings|
|Golden Flax seedlings - planted from organic seeds in our pantry|
And speaking of tomatoes:
Everybody came out of the greenhouse to benefit from the direct sun and to start the hardening off process.
My tomatoes have not grown much in the cold frame. They have kept alive in 26-28 degree weather, but their growth came to a grinding halt. I have just moved the "indoor" tomatoes into the cold frame and I will be actively comparing them from now until transplant and then from transplant until harvest.
My fear is that the stunted growth would translate into delayed or no fruit set. My hope is that the stunted growth results in resilient, strong tomato plants that withstand unfavorably conditions and become plants/seeds that I can rely on in the future.
We finally have a watermelon germinating!
|Watermelon seed germinating|
More articles from this year's garden:
19 Tomatoes and counting
Growing Heirloom Tomatoes without electricity
2015 Garden Part 1
2015 Garden Part 2
2015 Garden Part 3
2015 Garden Part 4
Growing Potatoes from the Grocery store
Growing Espalier Grapes on a Fence
Can Tomatoes Survive temperatures below 28 Fahrenheit?