Garden Snapshot, March 16, 2015

We know Spring is really coming when we start to hear the Tundra Swans migrating north! This year, the first flocks went through on Thursday, March 12. Sometimes they fly so high that we can only hear them and never see them, but these flocks were flying quite low over the garden. They are such majestic birds; we always stop whatever we are doing to watch them fly over.

150315 swans over garden

The greenhouse is filling up fast with trays of seedlings: over 100 trays of seeds were planted this week!

The trays are covered with a piece of special fabric at night to hold more heat close to the plants.

150315 greenhouse seedlings

What was planted this week: 17 different kinds of flowers (including snapdragrons, larkspur, daisies, sweet william, sweet peas)

- a few types of onions (Spanish, red, yellow, white, cipollini, pearl), plus shallots and leeks

150315 seedlings

Above: 500 snapdragon seeds! Some of the seeds are so tiny, especially some types of flower seeds. Perhaps there is a better way to do it, but they are currently being planted one by one with a pair of tweezers.

150315 red golden beets

There is such a diversity of shape and colour in the new seedlings, and they're not all green!

In the photo above: seedlings of golden beets and red beets.

It's amazing how quickly some seeds sprout... within a few hours of being planted, some are putting down roots, and the plant pops out of the soil within 24 - 48 hours! Other types of seed take 2 - 3 weeks to appear.

150315 mycorhyzzal mat

This photo shows a sample of mycorrhizal fungi - all that fuzzy white stuff on top of the soil. These are some of the beneficial micro organisms in the soil. This is what we want!

One of the benefits: the fungi produce bio-available nutrients for the plants. This is a critical piece of the solution for healthy, nutrient-dense plants / produce.

Maybe this is something only a biological gardener can get excited about :)  We want a rich diversity of microbial life in the soil, and even better if the plants get it right from day one.

And that is a snapshot of the current happenings here!