Spring is in the Air! March Garden Journal

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With our long winters here I'm ever so grateful to have a proper indoor growing area to keep those fresh garden goodies happening all year long!

I grow my salad pickings, pesto pickings and fresh herbs.

Lettuce, Cilantro, Green Onions, Herbs, Celery and Aloe Vera Growing in my Indoor Garden

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I also have a celery plant that I dug out of the outdoor garden and bought in to keep it growing. It did quite well.

I had brought some other plants in and kept them in a separate growing area to keep the number of bugs down in this main growing area. I'm happy I did for some got infested with bugs. I still have a kale, rhubarb Swiss chard and parsley plant growing in there that were dug out of the garden plus my lemon tree (which always gets spider mites in the winter) and a pot of lemon grass and lemon verbena. I keep them under an led grow light but they only get half the growth as to those growing in the main area under ceramic halide grow lights. I love those lights and I'm very happy we made that investment!

I had a pleasant surprise growing in that celery plant I had dug out of the garden - a beautiful poppy had self seeded and it produced 5 lovely blooms plus set seed so I'll have some to sow in the garden or use in my baking for they are breadseed poppies.

I love to have some color in the winter so I had purchased an amaryllis which bloomed the same time as the poppy so I had a wonderful display of blooms!

Amaryllis and Self Seeded Poppy Among the Herbs in the Indoor Garden

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Close Up of Amaryllis and Poppy Blooms

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Close Up of Beautiful Poppy Somniferum Bloom

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Poppy Gone to Seed Among Celery and Aloe Vera

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I have a nice selection of herbs in my indoor garden besides the ones I grow for pesto picking (basil and cilantro), I have a rosemary and lemon thyme that I've had for a few years bringing them indoors for the winter, plus a stevia, lemon verbena and lemon grass. Nothing like fresh herbs to liven up a dish!

Rosemary and Lemon Thyme Growing by the Succulents

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And I must not forget our other herb - our cannabis plants which gave us a nice harvest. We are taking a break after harvesting this last crop for it was bountiful and our neighbor has some bedding plants for us with a new variety to try in the Spring.

Cannabis Crop Getting Close to Harvest

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February is the time I start my pepper plants which have now joined the other plants under the ceramic halide lights.

I find the pepper seeds to be sporadic in sprouting so I start them in a tiny trays with just a bit of soil to save space as I only have the one heating mat. Then, as soon as they have sprouted, I pot them into 1" pots. I'm never to sure what the germination rate will be on them so I always sow them pretty heavy. This year all the varieties except one had good germination so I'll have extra seedlings. It's never a problem to find homes for seedlings.

Pepper Seedling Growing in with Lettuce Green Onions and Basil Plants

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I've got a lot more seeds I want to get started with the celery and tomatoes next.

This year I want to plant a lot of my garden with seedlings to get a jump start on our short growing season. I have plenty of room to start them indoors and if I wait until June to plant them they will grow so much better with the warmer weather and longer days. Our last expected frost date is June 7th

It will still be another month or so before I put the roof back on the hoop house (our covered garden). We take the cover off each winter so the weight of the snow doesn't collapse it plus we get the moisture from the snow in the garden beds.

Here is a view of the hoop house taken last month - as you can see there is still a lot of snow. The snow has melted off the trees and the stuff on the ground has started to melt now but it will be awhile before I'll be digging in the dirt.

Hoop House Under a Dump of Snow

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This is my entry to the Garden Journal Challenge hosted by @riverflows. Details here

All photos were taken with my Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

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That poppy must have been a joy as long as it bloomed! I love seeing your indoor garden each year.

No seedlings here so far this year....

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Your indoor garden is fantastic and that's a pretty impressive crop of Cannabis. I'm not a smoker, but I can appreciate a healthy crop of medicine when I see one. 💚

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Cannabis is not only used to smoke, many varied medicinal ways of using plants, sadly not appreciated with stigma that has been attached to it.

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Yes I completely agree with you. I am sorry if my comment sounded negative. I have done a lot of research into the many medicinal uses of Cannabis from Rick Simpson to its use in treating seizures.
My boys dad uses it to focus as he has adhd and used to grow his own. Hence why I thought the crop looks lovely.
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This is a very healthy well maintained crop.

I have turned to the CBD For Pets with cancer. Within capsules/oil drops have been used for treating migraines and stress relief. Some older people we know have used to bath feed in mix for arthritis, so many uses still being found.

It is a plant to be enjoyed by some to smoke to find relaxation being safer than nicotine in cigarettes, also used in cultural ceremonies.

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I'm not a smoker either but I love growing the plants! That's my husbands crop.

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Living in a warm climate we always seek shaded areas, forgetting how very much more time must be spent setting up lighting and preparing for your summer days living in such cold conditions.

Found this interesting to learn more about how you cope @porters and having lemon grass is something I grow outdoors all year round which the dogs have all enjoyed a nibble on regularly.

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I feel real fortunate to have the set up we have and the ability to produce food all year long (even if half of it is indoor growing) but I must say I'm envious of those that can grow year round outdoors!
thanks for the tip!

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Our soil is more clay, has to be mixed thoroughly with compost to cope with vegetables so only certain demarcated area is used here on the coast.

Rest of garden has been left to wild with ferns I found to cover adequately and bind the soil which is a problem during rainy season.

In-land is where our gardeners display incredible gardens full of fruits and vegetables.

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Wow @porters you must be getting so excited for spring! I am constantly amazed at your light set up, whichyou really need in your short season! I couldn't agree more - herbs in Winter are an absolute boon for the table.

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Cant believe i almost missed this post! Beautiful garden, i am intrigued with you poppy. Such an amazing plant, but also a dangerous plant. IMO i would say more amazing, then not. IT is just a shame that people have gave it a bad rep, its pain killing properties are a blessing to humans:)

Killer plants you have there. If i remember correctly, you have a CMH?


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Yes I have the CMH and what a difference it makes in the crop production. I'm sure happy we made the investment for our Cannabis crop and for growing veggies in winter.

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