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    Today I went out into the garden and removed the last of the spring lettuce from the raised bed. I raked the soil so that it was loose again as it had been this spring then filled the bed to the top with fresh potting soil. After mixing the two soils together I proceeded to plant seeds of Rouge d’Hiver lettuce. I watered them in and am patiently waiting for signs of life.
    The Theobroma cacao tree puts out more flowers by the day. I noticed that one of them had finally opened slightly today.

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    Today I decided to try an experiment with cool weather vegetables. First I dug out some small peat pots left over from this spring and planted two seeds per pot of a Siberian Tomato and a Oregon Springs Tomato. I then placed these pots in a ziplock baggie that will remain in my bathroom window until I see sprouts. My next project required two old cardboard shoe boxes and two plastic trash bags. I wrapped each shoe box in a plastic bag and then filled them with potting soil. In one box I planted a Gourmet Blend Radish and in the other I planted an Heirloom Cutting Mix Blend Lettuce. I set these on my deck. I plan to cover them in the event of rain.

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    Today saw the germination of both lettuces and the radish. The tomatoes have not started to germinate yet. I moved them outside to the deck to see if the sunlight would help the germination process. I thought the soil felt a little bit cold when I moved them from the bathroom window to check germination.

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    Tonight I took the plunge and brought home several plastic tubs from Wal-Mart. They were different sizes from large to small. Since the radish and lettuce I planted were growing so nicely I decided to try a few more vegetables. First I filled the containers with a mix of regular clay soil native to Indiana and potting soil. Then I watered it down.
    I planted Catalina Baby Leaf Spinach, Purple Dragon Carrots and Falstaff Brussel Sprouts. The vegetables should make a nice colorful meal once they mature.

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    Today the first Siberian Tomato seedling poked its tiny head through. I prepared another shoe box this afternoon that I planted Meconopsis grandis seeds in.

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    The second Siberian Tomato seed that I planted was showing itself by this morning. I do not see any signs of germination yet from the Oregon Spring Tomatoes. Today was a rather rainy day here so the seedlings were moved to a protected area out of the rain. The containers that did not show any signs of germination yet that did have lids were covered. None of the containers have drainage holes so protecting them from too much rain is a priority.
    Since it was raining today and the garden world outside was out of the question I did go ahead and plant a few more seedlings that will either be placed in the garden next year or used in the greenhouse for blooms this winter. The seeds were planted in small Rubbermaid containers with lids. The containers were see through. First I planted seeds of Digitalis Creme Cafe which requires darkness to germinate. To accommodate this requirement I placed the entire container into a black plastic bag where it will remain until germination begins.
    Other seeds I planted today include Tacca Chantrieri (black), Peppermint Eucalyptus, Lemon Eucalyptus, Carnation Grenadin Black King, Aquilegia Black, Deep Marine Heliotrope, Miniature Rose Angel Wings, Delphinium ARGS SP and Delphinium Blue Butterfly.

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    This morning I went outside and took the lids off all the seed trays except for the digitalis which is still inside the black plastic bag.
    I found that the Catalina Baby Leaf Spinach and the Falstaff Brussel Sprouts that I planted five days ago had begun to germinate. The lids will remain off the plants that have germinated, but for those that have not the lids will be replaced tonight.

    I also noted that one of the Oregon Spring Tomatoes I planted had germinated.

    The night time lows have been in the mid to upper 40’s and lower 50’s for about the past week with daytime temperatures ranging anywhere from the upper 60’s to the mid-80’s. Temperature degrees mentioned are Fahrenheit.

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