Growing shoots

This week things seem to be growing particularly well.

First, the chilli and sweet pepper seeds in my propagator are starting to germinate. All varieties have made an appearance, but the most abundant are the Lemon Drop chillies and the Lipstick sweet peppers. I am particularly delighted to report, as well, that there are signs of life from the Australian peppers kindly supplied by Kate (tall tales from chiconia):

Lipstick peppers making an appearance this week

Lipstick peppers making an appearance this week

Second, the lovely Sissie, the High Bank baby has outgrown the first pair of mittens that I made for her, so a second larger pair is required. These look very big to me for such a little girl, but at least she won’t outgrow them too quickly:

New mittens for Sissie

New mittens for Sissie

And, finally, the hens clearly think that spring has arrived (despite the gale-force winds and driving rain) and Perdy has joined in with the laying bonanza so that today, for the first time in months, I collected three eggs from the laying box. It looks like cake season is here again!

What’s growing well for you this week?

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  1. What’s growing well here this week? Mould primarily. The goats have foot rot from the relentless rain, and I can empathise with them.

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    • I think that outside our mould may have drowned! I’m certainly glad I raised the level of the chicken’s patch two weeks ago otherwise they may be going the same way.
      Hope the goats are not too badly affected 😦

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  2. Swiss chard! of the “Rhubarb” cultivar, for our community garden. The donated seed was four years old, and when I sowed it eleven days ago I wondered if I were wasting time and space in the flats, but three of the 90 braved the light yesterday. Since chard and beets put multiple seeds in each capsule, now my hopes are high for the rest. We’ll swim in chard if they nearly all are viable (I filled flats with Bright Lights and Rainbow, too), but it’s so pretty and useful I don’t think I’ll regret it.

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    • Lovely – I really like the beauty of rainbow chard… and the fact that it’s edible at all ages from young leaves in salad to chunky stems in stews etc. Fingers crossed you have an abundance!

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  3. sarahfoto

     /  February 8, 2014

    Chillies! I have replanted some in bigger pots already. Happy to see a peanut growing to! My chickens have definitely caught the spring bug as well, making three breaking-out-of-the-hen-yard attempts today…

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    • We haven’t had any escape attempts recently… probably because they can’t see what’s over the fence because of the driving rain!!
      I hope my chillies are as big as your soon 🙂

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  4. Nanette

     /  February 8, 2014

    weeds! with rain and hot sunshine alternating, I can’t get mulch on my prepped autumn beds quickly enough, but the chooks like them. I do have some seeds coming along nicely though……..tomatoes, brassicas, greens, that sort of thing. Must be a lovely lift to your wintery spirits to see signs of growing things when you’re cold and wet.

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  5. My daffodil bulbs have been shooting well in the mild temperatures, and are now almost 6 inches tall. Flower buds are starting to appear on my Almond tree. Other than that, I’m thinking of planting some rice in the paddy field that used to be my front lawn – I keep expecting to see some ducks swimming around on it!!!

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  6. What’s growing, let’s see: Mystery Woolly Thing is now quite large. There are large quantities of volunteer purslane in my desert garden. I shall have to exterminate some of them… I have more palm seedlings than I know what to do with, so getting rid of them is an ongoing joy, onion grass, acacia seedlings and various other pests. The Wet is here, and I haven’t done the weeding for a long time! On the other hand, the banana tree, mango tree, avocado tree and lychee tree are all thriving with the extra water. One day, there will be fruit. One day….

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  7. Everything in the garden, including weeds! We’ve had a bit of rain this week, inbetween the heat, so the plants go crazy with happiness.

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  8. Oh poo, is it time to get going with this years crops already? You mean I’m going to have to put the knitting/crochet down for a while. Sigh.

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    • The only things I’ve planted are the chillies and peppers… everything else is going to have to wait a month or two! I haven’t even planted my shallots and garlic outdoors yet as I think they will just rot. Still, at least the world is full of yarn to amuse us!

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  9. Hooray! It is always SO exciting when the seeds germinate.

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