Monday, February 20, 2012

The Seeds are In

Last night we recieved three inches of wet, heavy snow which's time to start thinking about starting those vegetable seeds.   For the 2012 growing season we will plan Blue Lake snap beans, Green Arrow shelling peas, Tatsoi, Red Russian Kale, Beets for both greens and root, Italian frying peppers, White Wonder and Marketmore 76 cukes, King Sieg leeks and Galeux d'Eysines winter squash.  We've reduced our selection of tomatoes four (unless Ramapo arrives in time) - Tropic, Sophie's Choice, Black Plum (paste tomato) and Japanese Black Truffle.  Also for this year, for the first time, we are planting Okra - Hill Country Heirloom Red and Alabama Red.   As usual we will have a nice variety of basils, including Lime, as well as sunflowers.   Unfortunately we were unable to order our garlic in time so we will not have any this year.

The January hatch is growing well and acclimating to the outdoors with the help of a heat lamp for those really cold nights.  Soon we will be able to figure out which are male and which are female.   Two of the splash Marans do not have leg feathering; they will be for sale - male or female.   The February chicks are growing like gangbusters and just feathering out.  Below is a picture of two chicks hatched on the same date:  a Euskal Oiloa (large) and a tiny Serama.

Our last hatch is four days into set in the incubator.   Unfortunately the Barred Holland eggs do not appear to be developing at all. 

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