The Veggie-Bed can produce collard greens all year by utilizing the seed incubator, greenhouse, and vegetable garden. Even as these seedlings start their way to maturity, mature collards plants grow in the greenhouse here.
This week we started the first flat of collards indoors for the 2021 Veggie-Bed growing season. The seeds should take 8 to 12 days to germinate in the seed incubator. After the seeds germinate and turn into seedlings, they will remain in the incubator to grow under artificial lights. Once they reached several inches tall and have developed true leaves, they will be repotted and move to the greenhouse. The young collard plants will continue to grow in the greenhouse until we can transplant them into the garden.
By covering the beds with black plastic, the soil is protected from the winter rains washing away the nutrients as runoff. Another benefit of covering the beds is that it kills existing weeds and stop weeds from sprouting. When the spring comes around, the black plastic will help the soil warm quickly.
After a quick inspection by Lucy Lou, we are moving on to cleaning the greenhouse.
Lucy Lou turns six years old today. She brings much excitement and activity here at the Veggie-Bed. Her duties consist of chasing rabbits, squirrels, and occasional raccoons away. Lucy Lou is truly a valued and loved member of the Veggie-Bed.
With the peanut harvest in here in Virginia, it was time for a road trip up to the countryside to purchase some hand-picked Virginia peanuts. Peanuts fall into four basic types in the United States – Virginia, Runner, Spanish, and Valencia. Virginia Peanuts are a variety of peanuts grown primarily in Virginia; however, they are also raised in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Personally, I think the Virginia peanuts grown in Virginia are better tasting; perhaps it’s because of the soil they are grown in. Virginia peanuts not only taste great but also have the unique ability to fix valuable nitrogen into the ground. They contain nodules in their root systems that produce nitrogen compounds. The fixed nitrogen is released when the plant dies; this helps to fertilize the soil.
With the growing season ending here at the Veggie-Bed, I would like to take this opportunity as the founding member of Urban Gardening to thank everyone for your posts and input. This growing season Urban Gardening has grown in so many ways. We have truly become a global group showing that people can come together to support each other.