Sunday, February 05, 2023

Some Overwintering Hot Pepper Plants And New Seedlings. 2.5.23

 This JalapeƱo plant looks like it's making nice buds.  It's in the sunroom, under LED plant lights, and on a warming mat.   Only about a week in the new conditions.

This is the Serrano.  It's harder for me to tell if it is starting to grow.  Maybe.

I just moved this Tabasco Pepper plant to the same conditions.  There was one aphid on one leaf, but who knows?  So I pruned it back a little and removed the leaves.  Still, the stems are nice and green.

They are getting lots of TLC and it seems possible they will make it through the winter for a second season of growth.

I planted three cells of this cell pack with seeds from dry Thai Peppers, that I had just harvested from the plant, and the other three cells with seeds from dried Ancho peppers.  The Thai peppers germinated quickly!  Much faster than bought seeds.  I have a feeling the Ancho peppers wont grow, but it's fun to try.

Seedling Updates. Echinacea, Onions, Chinese Chives. 2.5.23

 Here are some of the seedlings I planted a few weeks ago.

Chinese Chive (Also called Chinese Leek).

Hybrid Onions.

Cheyenne Spirit Exhinacea

All are doing well, and on track to plant outside in two months.

Growing Tigridia From Seeds. 2.5.23

 There isn't a lot of guidance about growing Tigridia from seeds.  I saved these seeds in 2021 but forgot to plant them last year.  Are the seeds like onions and only last a year or two?  I don't know.   I also didn't have info on stratification, scarification, heating mat, or soaking.  I did read that they need to be surface sown so they are exposed to light.

After about 3 or 4 weeks, I saw tiny spikes.  This was just after watering.

The source plants were like these, although I'm not certain if they were these exact flowers.  So we made it this far.  They will get lots of TLC to see what happens.  Assuming these seedlings survive my conditions.

My guess, which is only a guess, is they will need two years to reach blooming size.  We will see!

Friday, January 27, 2023

Saving Galeux d'Eysines Pumpkin Seeds. 1.27.22

 The Galeux pumpkins are keeping great.  No signs of mold or drying out.  This one was hand pollinated last summer, as shown by the plastic tie - 

I really think this is my best pumpkin or squash.  The flavor is the best, it keeps well, and it is productive.  The Burgess Buttercup did not do as well, and they mostly got moldy before I used them.

I cut this one open to use for cooking.

After sectioning the pumpkin, I cut off the skin and cut the pumpkin into approx 1" chunks.  Those get used or frozen.  The skin goes into the instant pot to steam for 5 minutes, then is fed to the chickens, who eat it all up.

I scoop out the seeds, wash them (not too fussy about that), let them dry on a paper towel.

After a few days, those go into an envelope for storage.  These home saved seeds germinate faster and have more vigor, compared to newly purchased seeds.

Winter Garden Update. Garlic and Daffodils. 1.27.22

 I wondered if I had planted the garlic too deep.  The Music (hardneck) garlic cloves were gargantuan, so I planted them 4 inches deep.  They did not emerge during the fall, like they usually do.  I had the  covered with tree leaves, so I pulled the leaves aside to expose the ground to the sun.  I noticed over the last week that all of the Music garlic is up now.  So I feel much more confidant about that now.

Th Lorz (softneck) are further behind.  For some reason, one row is up and the other two are not.  Or did I plant an extra row of Music garlic there?  Last winter, Lorz waited much longer to emerge, so that variety must be slower anyway.

I scattered slug bait on the rows.  Slugs can do a job on garlic, and onions, this time of year.  I also scattered eggshells for the calcium and nitrogen benefits.

Some of the daffys are also emerging through their mulch.