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Onions, Peas, and Radish Planted - Rain Galore

Radish and pea seeds were sown about one week ago. Received my onion plants from Dixondale about 5 days ago and then it proceeded to rain heavily for 2 days. The garden soil is still very wet, but I went ahead and planted out the onion plants today in the mud (see picture [...]

Spring is Here, Cold Fame is Up, Starting Seeds Soon

I am hopeful that spring is finally here (knock on wood). Most of the snow here in Central Indiana has melted so I put up my cold frame today and will start some lettuce seeds indoors in a few days. In about another five days I will start broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and [...]

April Garden Growing Slowly, Too Much Rain and Cold

The April garden is growing slowly right now, probably due to all of the rain and colder than normal temperatures.  The soil is pretty much saturated right now, but the good news is the weather forecast is calling for warmer temperatures into the 70′s, with just a chance of some scattered rain (hopefully nothing too [...]

Cold Frame Is Up, Starting Lettuce Seeds Today

The cold frame went up on February 24th, but I have not moved any seedlings out into the frame because it has been too cold.  I am starting lettuce seeds today and will move them outside into the cold frame as soon as they germinate (probably in about 4 0r 5 days).  I usually like [...]

Winter is Here - Lots of Snow and Cold

Happy New Year Everybody!!  The snow showed up here a day after Christmas.  Eight inches of snow fell, which is the most snow we have seen in Indianapolis for about 2 years now.  The last of the brussels sprouts were harvested about one week before Christmas.  The only thing left to harvest in the garden are [...]

Early May Garden Growing Well, Most of Garden Planted

Wow, what a difference in the garden since my last blog entry of April 21st.  The garden has really taken off.  The potatoes are up and about 8 inches tall and the corn has just poked up through the soil.  The lettuce is really growing fast now, so fast in fact, that it needs harvesting [...]

Onions, Lettuce, Peas, and Radishes Planted - Weather Still Very Warm

Wow, the weather continues warm for this time of year.  Had a frost advisory for this area a few days ago, but I did not observe any frost in the garden.  Received my onion plants from Dixondale on March 28th and planted them the same day.  I separated out the really small ones (for green onions) and planted [...]

Unbelievably Warm Weather, Harvesting Begins

Wow, what unbelievably warm/hot weather weather we have had here in Indiana over the last week.  High temperatures have been in the 70′s and 80′s, which is some 20-30 degrees above normal.  My overwintered lettuce and top setting onions have exploded into growth (see pics below).  I will be harvesting some of the lettuce and [...]

Lettuce Seeds Germinated, Compost Spread, Starting More Seeds Today

Most of my lettuce seeds have germinated and are now happily growing in my outside cold frame.  I will be starting seeds of broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, celery, and fennel today.  I emptied both of my compost bins this last week and top dressed all of my garden beds with this fabulous soil amendment. The [...]

Lettuce Seeds Started, Cold Frame

Spring is here (knock on wood).  I seeded 72 lettuce plants yesterday.  I like to germinate all of my seeds in vermiculite under florescent lights and over a seed warmer mat (see firs pic below).  When the seeds germinate, I will move them to the cold frame.  The weather forecast looks decent for the next week [...]