Farm Worklog Mar. 7, 2024

Can’t sleep so I sowed some herbs: three basils, Peruvian, Blue Spice, and Cinnamon, mountain mint, lemon mint, and bergamot.

Also started some snake plant cuttings.

Update, 10:40am: sorted some of the wildflower seeds. Note to self: don’t just throw them all in a tray this year. What a PITA. I accidentally knocked the dregs of the tray onto the floor at the end, gave up and swept the mess into the trash. Composing a wild harvesting kit to keep in my car from now on, to prevent such fiascos in the future. Will update on that when I actually get it done.


Farm Worklog Mar. 5, 2024

Soaking the Cranberry hibiscus

Sprouts: the caesalpinias continue to break soil with moderate vigor, as well as the Palo Verde. More tiny sprouts among the succulents, the anacampseros telaphiastrum, the first of the lithops, the Rose of Texas one, and both astrophytums are showing sprouts. Also the Pink Manila has three tiny beebs.

Farm Worklog Mar. 3, 2024

Sowed: calliandra californica; calliandra eriophylla; five basils: Sweet Genovese, Dark Opal, Thai, Persian, and Purple Globe; Italian Oregano, Sage, and English Thyme, Sweet Marjoram, Winter Chervil, Sunmer and Winter Savory, the mandarin seeds ( they were already starting to germinate in the water); lilikoi, laurel(?); a couple of mystery seeds from our outing at the Ladybird Johnson Wikdflower Center, and all the rest of the lithops.

The Albizia julibrisson are coming out swinging. Look at these vigorous beebs! There’s also a caesalpinia pulcherrima visible in the next tray,

Tray of Albizia julibrisson seedlings under grow lights

There are sprouts in all the tomato pots, the Malabar spinach looks like it’s starting to germinate, and all the caesalpinias except for the red are showing a few sprouts each. The palo verde look about ready to break earth too.

Watered the haworthia tray, some of them were getting a bit dry. Repotted my Pink Princess Philodendron, broke off the top and put that in a new pot, all the offsets look good except for that one that always looks like it’s about to die. The yucca baccata are sprouting too. Prepped the Mealy Sage seeds, soaking the retama for planting tomorrow too.

Farm Worklog March 2, 2024

Spent about an hour or so watering things. Trying to develop the habit of regular watering is so hard! Lots more Albizia sprouts today, the whole tray is alive with little cotelydons poking their heads up from the soil. I’m rehydrating the coco coir so I can get to more veggies and herbs, but today will be devoted to writing instead of planting, since I need to get my current manuscript finished.

Farm Worklog Feb 26, 2024

Sowed: Red and Green Finger Limes; Dawn Redwood (Metesequoia glyptostroboides); Thuja occidentalis; Pink Manuka, Variegated African Violet; Paulownia tomentosa; caesalpinia pulcherrima, orange flower version.

I also forgot to log that I sowed some Yuccas: baccata, capensis, and whipplei, all fruiting varieties for the farm, the day before I started logging everything here. Oops.

Soaking jacaranda mimosifolia, Paolo Verde (parkinisonia aculeata)

Cold stratified Pinus Aristata (6 weeks); Mugo Pine (6 weeks); Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) (4 weeks); Jacaranda acutifolia (4 weeks); Purple Jacaranda (?) (4 weeks); Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggyria) (4 weeks)

prepping to sow the haworthia hybrid seeds, the pots need to drain a bit before I put the seeds in the soil.