While doing my morning rounds today, I made a point of visiting the old kitchen garden. The girls had gone out to see the sprouting crocuses and tulips yesterday, and checked out the side of the old kitchen garden, where they had planted irises and daffodils. We have some of both coming up!
They took some scrap boards and lay them on the ground outside where the seedlings are, to make sure no one accidentally walks too close to the new sprigs. These had done so poorly last year, only partly due to the drought, so we’re really amazing to find they survived.
Also in the old kitchen garden, I checked the rhubarb. One patch is next to where the irises and daffodils are planted.
It looks like something has been eating them! Rhubarb leaves are toxic, but is that true of emerging leaf buds? I don’t know, but these have been chewed on.
The other patch is on the opposite side of the garden.
I moved some snow to uncover the emerging rhubarb on the right. Some of the ones on the left were chewed on, too.
More snow had melted away in the area we planted grape hyacinth, so I checked there, too.
Yes! There are some grape hyacinths sprouting! I’m so excited about these. I just love grape hyacinths. 🙂
More of the area the crocuses were planted is snow free, too, so I checked that out.
Some snow crocuses are actually showing flower buds! They’re barely out of the ground, yet, and already trying to bloom! Awesome!
Things are sprouting like crazy in the big aquarium greenhouse, too.
Just look at all those melons sprouting! Only the Halona melons are from purchased seed. The rest are seeds saved from grocery store melons.
The toilet paper tube pots were supposed to get one seed each, but I see an extra Halona melon seed snuck in. 😀
Only the watermelon and the Zucca melon, which is a type of birdhouse gourd, have not had any seeds germinating yet.
We now have a second Tennessee Dancing Gourd sprouting, and two types of hulless pumpkins. Last night, there was one Kakai in the back) and one Lady Godiva (in the foreground), but this morning, another Lady Godiva sprout exploded out of the soil.
I am so looking forward to seeing how these turn out!
We have just a few more things to start indoors, and that should be done soon.
If all goes well, we’ll be direct sowing into the garden in a few weeks, with cold hardy seeds that can be sown before last frost.
I can hardly wait. 😀