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Transplanted my first seedling out today. Probably way premature, but this little spinach is already ~4 weeks from seed (began life in the original LED greens experiment) and supposed to be mature at ~6 weeks. Painfully root-bound - those 6-packs aren't deep enough for spinach. I started hardening them a week ago, and they got much happier every day out in the 40° clouds and rain. (Stayed in on the blizzard day. )

Hardening spinaches, lettuces, and some of the pansies. Tried planting out first of the spinaches today. 

It's cold out. But assorted advice is to plant spinach, peas, chard, and lettuce 4-6 weeks before last frost. Which is supposed to be around mid-April. Currently, every night is below freezing. But not below 25°F. I wanted them to harden to sun more, but there's no sun forcast for the next 5 days, and that's typical of March.

Also planted seeds outside last weekend - spinach, peas, and chard. Unsurprisingly, none of those are up yet.

Will see how it goes with the spinach before trying to put out the lettuce. I think that should wait another week or two minimum.

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Picked the toy choi, probably

Picked the toy choi, probably at 5 weeks instead of 4, but I like them in flower. It's like a tiny broccoli clump in the middle. Tasty with carmen peppers and shrimp in a ginger sesame noodle stir-fry. The giant swiss chard continues to be greatly appreciated by the guinea pigs.

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Chard. Guinea pigs like big chard leaves. :) toy choi 

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herbs and flowers, chard in foreground toy choi 

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 This chard looked really

Chard took off after giving some sea magic fertilizer! This chard looked really pathetic, until I gave the garden a dose of Sea Magic yesterday - night and day difference! More dramatic even than "likes lime" for make-chard-ecstatic tricks.

The only other greens outside now are some toy choi seedlings.

I don't really have an herb growlog. But the pineapple sage and lemon balm are doing so well that I made a pot of herb tea today. The basils are coming along slowly. Lemon basil makes good herb tea. Have lime basil, too, but dunno yet if that's an herb tea candidate. Have mint... Not very impressed with it. May ask a neighbor for some of their mint stock instead and start over.

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Harvested almost everything

Harvested almost everything left this week. The toy choi and mustard greens were bolting, and most lettuces and spinach needed to make way for summer crops. Still have 2 aging spinach and a couple chard out there.

Toy choi and radishes Only 2 spinach and a couple lonely chard remain of the greens - rest harvested this weekend 

 

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Thanks, Jessi. I gave the

Thanks, Jessi. I gave the biggest toy choi to my mother on Mother's Day, plus spinach and lettuce. She thought it was very cute. They sure respond well to full sun.

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beautiful Gisette!

beautiful Gisette!

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Gradually eating French breakfast radishes. Baby leaf spinaches 6 week tomande and romaine and spinach. 6 week brandy boy tomato and friends - mostly spinach. Biggest toy choi I've ever grown - they appreciate full sun and 70's temps! flowers, herbs, radishes and other greens. 

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misc brassicas in saddle planters, herb pot, flowers lettuce, spinach, misc brassicas, pansies, new bean pot (planted lots of beans that day)  radishes and swiss chard around early girl tomato cloche 

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It isn't really pre-season

It isn't really pre-season anymore - greens primetime, and the plants are beginning to look it. Also have some herbs out now. Hopefully it won't get too cold for them. I learned my lesson with basil - just planted the seeds for those indoors, and they won't go out until May. It's still going to skirt down into the mid-30's here at night for a while, though the days are mostly in the 60's if the sun shines.

Elderly spinach, maybe growing finally... Lettuces and baby leaf spinach. Space spinach, some romaine, toy choi, and mystery spinach (don't recall planting them, but they look like spinach...) 

Oregano overwintered in that pot. Pineapple sage from clones. Planted out pineapple sage (2) and lemon balm (2). mostly radishes - have toy choi planted in a bunch of railing planters too 

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