Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lettuce Hope For the Best


The skies have turned gray and cold again, but here's proof that better times are on the way:


The lettuce and kale seeds that I planted in pots on my sunny windowsill are starting to show some growth, and I even spotted just a hint of green emerging from the soil in my scallion pot. (Beans and Asian greens are still nowhere to be seen, alas.)

I'm not quite craving a fresh salad yet, but the more these little beauties grow, the more I'll be ready to eat them.

Hope does spring eternal!

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At 2/21/2008 7:14 AM, Blogger valereee said...

Every time we have an unseasonably warm day, I'm out starting at my garden. Of course I don't =really= want to see any sprouts yet, as it's still too cold for them to survive. But this time of year I always start to get really antsy for spring to get here.

 
At 2/21/2008 7:20 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

I hear you, Valereee... next warm weekend day I get, I'm itchin' to turn compost. I figure starting seeds inside at least lets me start to think about the food I'll grow... and not worry about them keeling over.

 
At 2/21/2008 9:35 PM, Anonymous Janet said...

I'm just eternally hoping that Spring springs!

 
At 2/22/2008 7:28 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

Same here, Janet... but that extra 2" of snow this morning has me wondering...

 
At 2/26/2008 8:20 AM, Blogger Ed Bruske said...

Jennifer, those plants are looking a little "leggy," no? Do they need more sun?

 
At 2/26/2008 8:24 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

Yes, they're definitely leggy, Ed. But they're in the south-and-west-facing windows, which is the best I can think to do. Any suggestions? (It doesn't help that we've had a lot of grey days of late...)

 
At 2/26/2008 8:01 PM, Anonymous JS said...

Wow! You HAVE been pretty busy lately. The Moraccan feast looks great! [Still working on the couscous? :-)]
FYI: I managed to turn the compost pile here in Cleveland during our recent warm spell. Probably should've tried mixing some in with the soil, but it's just as well, since everything is once again snow covered. Hope it doesn't damage the tulips that began coming up WAY too early!
Am starting pepper plants this weekend, and intend to mix them in among the flowers in back yard as I did last year.

 
At 2/27/2008 7:01 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

Oh, you don't know the half of it, JS! :-) (Yes, I am still working on the couscous, heaven help me...)

I keep hoping I'll see a warmer weekend in the future when I can get to the compost pile, but no luck yet. Guess I'd better work on the garden layout in the meantime. Good luck with your peppers again this year! Maybe we'll have to have a bountiful harvest swap later this summer. (Don't worry, I'm not planting zucchini!)

 
At 2/28/2008 10:10 AM, Anonymous JS said...

If you've still got the couscous, have you tried making pancakes or fritters? :-)

 
At 3/03/2008 9:11 AM, Blogger Ed Bruske said...

Jennifer, when I first started the garden at my daughter's charter school we started a huge number of different seeds and had a huge operation going under the grow lights. But what I concluded after all that was, it wasn't much worth the effort to start certain things indoors--especially things that can be planted early and do very well on the own outdoors, such as lettuce and kale. So the only things I start indoors now are things like tomatoes. Even then, you really don't have to, if you're able to hold off till August for your first ripe tomatoes.

 
At 3/03/2008 9:25 AM, Blogger The Baklava Queen said...

That's good to know about the grow lights, Ed. I really only planted the lettuce and kale in the pots so that I could have a little start on some fresh greens before they come in at the market... it's not much, but I think I do it more out of a sense of hope and a longing for green stuff than from any real expectation that I'll get a decent crop out of them. :-)

 

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