New and improved seed starting station

Ive been wanting to upgrade my make-shift seed starting station for a while now. Last week, Target had their wire shelves on sale. They’re the exact length of my grow lights and are also adjustable, which will be very handy for when I have a shelf or two of taller plants. And there’s plenty of room for expansion.

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20130227-123718.jpg Here’s what I’ve got started so far:
Yellow onions
Red onions
Green onions
Leeks
Shallots
Cauliflower
Arugula
Spinach
Sugar snap peas
Snow peas
Eggplant

In other news, my dwarf apple tree came yesterday! I was going to pot it today, but it’s sooo windy outside, I don’t want to go out there again! Maybe tomorrow…

Winterizing the garden

Since it’s been almost 70 degrees in December (!) it seemed like the perfect time to finally clean up the garden for the winter. Here’s what it’s been looking like:

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Not too pretty! But after I pulled up all those dead plants (and fed them to my compost bin) it started to look much improved. I still have some weeding, etc, to do, but I thought you might be interested to see what’s growing out there right now.

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1. Peas climbing up their bamboo tepees
2. Garlic that hasn’t sprouted yet
3. Lots of carrots
4. Strawberry plants turning pretty colors
5. Formerly a nice bed of salad greens, now taken over by giant arugula and tatsoi
6. Broccoli
7. More garlic
8. Oregano somewhere amongst the weeds

There’s also thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage that you can’t really see in the picture. Yay, all my favorite herbs (except basil) are winter hardy!

Looks like the parsley made it into this shot.

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