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Starting Seeds Indoors and Saying a Few Words for the Loquat Tree

starting_seedsStarting seeds indoors for Spring planting usually takes me a lot longer than I think it’s going to take. This year, I was ready. I set myself up with my shoe boxes of seeds, one flat of 72 plastic cells, complete with tray, clear plastic dome and seed warming electric mat. I got some Angry Orchard hard cider and flipped on a couple of episodes of Vampire Diaries I had to catch up on. Can you get any better than that? haha!

I started a little bit of a lot of things in that flat, including: pok choi, kale, escarole, lettuce, broccoli, sweet basil, lime basil, Rutgers, marglobe, chocolate cherry and my friend Alesha’s tomatoes, jalepeno, pablano, sweet banana and bell peppers, eggplants and rat tailed radishes.

All this while heating and cooling the milk for Foolproof crockpot greek yogurt in the kitchen. (Thank you Jillee!)

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Winter still has it’s chilly grip on the Jersey Shore right now and I’ve been keeping a regretful eye on my dearly departing loquat tree in front of my front door. I knew it probably wouldn’t make it through the season in the ground since I took it out of the pot this summer, but now I need to turn my sights on what kind of edible shrub or dwarf fruit tree and I can put in it’s place. Hopefully the new pineapple guavas I planted in the foundation garden this summer don’t follow suit. We’ll see if they jump up again come spring or if they really are down for the count.

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