2015 Garden Part 5

2015 Garden Part 5

We have potatoes!
Russet potato seedlings
Russet potato seedlings

Yukon gold 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
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
Buckwheat seedlings transplanted among those seeded and asparagus

buckwheat seedlings
Buckwheat seedling

The Buckwheat has left the cold frame. If you look closely at the first photo, you can see the difference between the cold frame grown and those that were seeded in the ground. Most of the seeded buckwheat succumbed to the frost. This buckwheat came from the bulk bin at Whole foods.
crooked asparagus from frost damage
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

Golden Flax seedlings
Golden Flax seedlings - planted from organic seeds in our pantry
Flax is proving to be very cold hardy. I planted these in late March and they came up even with cool soil temperatures and survived through many below freezing days in the 20s. These line the entire edge of the tomato bed.

And speaking of tomatoes:
Hardening off tomato and squash seedlings outdoors

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!

 Golden Midget Watermelon seed germinating
Watermelon seed germinating
This is the first of the watermelon, cantaloupe, or peppers to germinate. These are notoriously difficult plants that take extended heat to germinate, but I am still holding out hope that they are able to grow in zone 4 without electricity or assistance from outside sources. 1 down 12 to go...

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?

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Angela

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