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An early start on the 2021 garden

Amazon calls this a “mini greenhouse.” I’d call it a cold frame. It will be my first experiment in extending the growing season. It’s 95″ x 32″ x 32″ and cost $46.

Some people plant by the stars. I plant with the weather. The 10-day forecast for my location shows highs through March 20 of 73, 73, 61, 63, 51, 60, 65, 62, 59, and 57, and lows of 51, 49, 47, 45, 40, 43, 45, 44, 35, and 33. There are five rainy days ahead, with a total of about 1.5 inches of rain during the five-day rainy spell. That’s planting weather for cool-weather vegetables.

I’m going to sow radishes and some leaf crops from seed and set out some onion sets in the open garden. I’ve also bought a few cabbage plants. In the little greenhouse, I’ll start some things from seed (in peat cups) that should be safe to move into the garden around April 15. I’m also starting parsley and maybe some other herbs in the garden soil inside the little greenhouse. I’ll dismantle and move the greenhouse once the weather is warmer.

Several years ago, I grew an incredible crop of celery from seeds that I had started indoors. Celery is said to be hard to grow in this area, but I’ve never seen more beautiful celery. I plan to start celery in peat cups inside the little greenhouse. The trick is, start early and keep it watered. There’s a limit to how much celery one can use in the kitchen, but if I’m lucky enough to have a good celery crop, I’ll juice it and mix it with herb juices and leaf juices for spring tonics.


  1. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    I use celery in my white bean soup. The celery add a great flavor.

    I hope you are well, and you got your shots.


    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:42 pm | Permalink
  2. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    I use celery in my white bean soup. The celery add a great flavor.


    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
  3. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Henry: Celery is something never to be without. The quality, at least around here, varies, though. Yup. I’ve had all my shots, and today is the 14th day, so I should have maximum immunity now. I hope you’ve had yours too…

    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

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