Sunday, April 26, 2009

Winter-sown project update

The cabbage has done very well in this system, I only wish I had started some other brassicas like this too.  I think since our forecast is going to have rain for a few days I will transplant today, so they have a chance to get established.  

Last summer we planted two varieties of hops in the garden; Centennial and Brewer's Gold, they grew very tall and produced loads of flowers.  We planted bare rhizomes, they just looked like twigs...   This year they have already sent out new shoots and have spread a bit.  They are very vigorous and the vines can grow to twenty feet tall.  Hop gardens are very beautiful things, tall rows of green, they look like giant's hedges.  We'll select three or four shoots from each crown and pinch back the rest.  Since we only have two plants we wont have the lovely green rows, our hop garden might end up looking like a big green arch, or a bit of rickety stick and string construction with hops growing on it.

This photo above is of the garlic bulbils (top set garlic clones) that I planted last fall, they are on their way to becoming cloves, I hope!  I didn't realize how many I had planted, there must be thousands..... eek!  If this works as planned I might need to get a second plot.

Last I have a little fava question.... how long do they take to come up???  I planted them with the peas very early this month and not even a rogue one has come up!!  Am I being impatient? (Most likely)  Or is there a fava trick I don't know?


Wayne Stratz said...

the hops are way cool. I have none.

as for the fava... are they cold hardy unlike other beans???? I never plant my beans until after the last frost date

Becky said...

Favas go in the same time as peas, as soon as the soil is workable. Your right about the other types of beans though, I wait for those too. I guess I just needed to worry about the favas for them to grow, they are on their way up....

chaiselongue said...

Good to hear the favas are coming up at last. They can take a few weeks to germinate. They are frost hardy - but maybe not in your winters. Here we sow them in November and the plants grow through the winter even when sometimes the temperature can drop to -5 degrees C.

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