Six on Saturday-March 24

Saturday again?!?  And snow again!  Although we are once again snow-covered, my thoughts are still centered upon the garden and preparations are well-underway, although in somewhat of a holding pattern until Mother Nature wins over Old Man Winter.  First on the agenda is the sweet potato, which has FINALLY decided to sprout!  Although put in water on Feb. 4th, it refused to grow.  Sweet potato 3-21-18  It was labeled “organic” but I suspect it was treated to prevent sprouting.  Last week, I scrubbed it with a rough washcloth dipped in hot water, and then draped a warm damp cloth over it for several hours.  Just a few days later, tiny sprouts began to emerge.  Normally I would be fretting that it’s so late, but with the super slow arrival of Spring, it may work out fine.  Since I couldn’t actually get into the garden, I did the next best thing…retail therapy.  I returned to the Amish seed store because they had just stocked seed potatoes.   French Fingerling   I’d planned to purchase “French Fingerling” potatoes, because a potager should have a few French items, and because this variety is supposedly delicious.  Also, it is especially good in potato grow bags because it is highly productive over a long period.  I’ll just open the harvest door on the bag and remove the number I need, and let the plants continue to grow.  The potatoes are long and narrow, with a reddish-rose skin and often rose splotched interiors.  That’s what I went to purchase, but impulse-buying caught hold and I also picked up a bag of “German Butterball.”  German Butterball  I know, they look pink in the photo, but they are actually a brownish gold, and are similar to “Yukon Gold.”  I picked them because they are a bit later than the French Fingerlings, and reputed to be good keepers.  I’ll have to grow them in large pots in the seldom used paths because there is no space left in the plan, but that will be a new procedure for me, so it will be fun.   Then I happened to stroll by a display of onion plants, and saw this bundle of “Candy” onions.  Candy onion plants  I’ve read rave reviews on its outstanding qualities, and D loves a sweet onion, so I’ll give them a go.  Not sure where they will fit on the plan, but I’ll tuck some here and there.  I should have just closed my eyes and asked someone to lead me to the door, but I glimpsed asparagus roots.  Asparagus roots  I left a small patch when I sold the farm, and have missed plucking those first stems and eating them right there in the garden.  Not a clue where these 10 “Jersey Giants” will go, but I bought 10 bags of cow manure on the way home to give them a good start.  Maybe they’ll go at the end of the Cutting Garden, with a fence so D won’t mow them off?  But until the snow melts and the ground is dig-able, they’ll remain in their plastic bag in the cool garage.  Amaryllis 3-21-18  And lastly, the first of the next group of amaryllis is just about to open which will add more color to my life.  I must admit….I’m really getting tired of WHITE!  Hopefully by next Saturday, I can report a plethora of planting progress in the potager!

As always, a big thanks to The Propagator for hosting this meme.  It’s a fun one, so join in!  You can view all the “Six” contributors at his blog by clicking on the link.

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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23 Responses to Six on Saturday-March 24

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Snow here in Maine, too, but there is a softening. And there is mud. Spring is coming.

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  2. Melissa Winters says:

    I love the garden updates & enjoy learning from your process! Can you share the name of the Amish seed store?

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    • carolee says:

      It’s E & R near Berne, Indiana. They don’t have a website, but do have a catalog (190 pages no photos) I can include the address when I get back home. Right now I am “on the road.”

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  3. A. JoAnn says:

    I can so relate to the impulses! It must be our “need for hope” as the snow gods continue to shower us with their blessings. Now, I’m headed out for some seed potatoes and onion sets 🙂

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    • carolee says:

      Hmmm. I’ve heard it’s contagious, but didn’t realize it could be transmitted over the internet. Maybe I should have used disinfectant soap before I touched the keyboard. Sorry you caught it, but at least the recovery time is very quick…not painless as the wallet is usually damaged significantly, and apparently one can have a relapse…rather like malaria, that pops up at unexpected times.

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  4. bcparkison says:

    Winter does seem to be hanging on this year.

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  5. Sorry to hear you still have snow but looks like you have big plans veg-wise.

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    • carolee says:

      “Growing” plans…however getting bigger graph paper doesn’t actually increase the garden size! Darn! I’ll be doing a lot more succession and cotainers in order to get it all in!

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  6. Island Time says:

    This seems to be the winter that just keeps on giving! We had snow yesterday as well. And rain, hail, sunshine, wind and more rain and hail! I am not unhappy about it though as I am a bit behind schedule as far as gardening goes, having been on a little holiday for a few weeks. So, the cold weather is giving me extra time to finish the last of the pruning, sort out the seeds, get the tomatoes started and so on. I hope your snow leaves really soon so you can get out and plant those spuds! I have some so-called Russian Fingerlings, that look and sound a lot like your French Fingerlings; they are delicious, and hold very well in cooking, not turning to mush….stuck for a blog topic myself; out of practise due to holiday brain, so am thinking of joining in on the Six on Saturday meme (what is a meme anyway?), it looks like fun! Best regards for happy gardening soon!

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    • carolee says:

      I’m not sure of the derivation of “meme”…computer talk related to “theme” I’d guess, but it designates a theme and the host sets up the “rules” for participation. “Wordless Wednesday”, “In A Vase on Monday,” “Harvest Monday,” are some I’m aware of but don’t do. However, the format and ease of “Six on Saturday” appeals to me. I’m glad people like The Propagator have the skills to host because I sure don’t!

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  7. I love your sweet potato and your damp flannel technique to get it going. Funny and ingenious.

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  8. Like you I go to the garden center for one thing and come out with loads! Here in SW Wales the snow has gone and we have had a few mild days but I do not trust it to stay that way. I have planted a few seedlings out in the greenhouse for an early crop but nothing goes outside until mid April.

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  9. curioussteph says:

    I may try that with my sweet potatoes. Nothing thus far, but only 2 weeks in, and I can’t plant them outdoors until late may. The spinach is sprouting outside, there’s hope.

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  10. Lora Hughes says:

    I could never trust myself in an actual plant/seed store. I just couldn’t. You’re very brave & I’m so glad you made it out alive.

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  11. Don says:

    Thanks for checking out my ‘tea post Carolee .. I have my seed potatoes chitting in the shed but it is a slow process due to the unseasonal cold weather.
    Regards to all .. Don

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  12. Carolee, thanks for visiting my post “Fire and Ice”. It’s been a strange winter and “Spring”, hasn’t it? I enjoy your site, here, and your post. Also enjoyed the link to the Propagator.

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