Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Root Hairs And Other Ramblings
Some of my kale, and other brassicas have emerged and will soon be forced to shiver in the greenhouse with the recently banished onions, leeks, and collard greens. I am running out of room in the house and need the space for less hearty plants...tomatoes, peppers, eggplants...and more brassicas.
Please don't make the same mistake I did not so many years ago and confuse the little white root hairs that appear on these newly emerging brassica seedlings as mold, or a soil fungus. The difference can be seen in this picture of my collards, and kale seedlings emerging. Notice the root hairs on the first plants compared to the mold in the last picture.
As far as ability goes, my horticulture skills are average at best and certainly do not achieve "green thumb" status, so I must use any means necessary to achieve my goals. Fortunately, I do excel in one area that is most helpful when it comes to growing ones own food, I am persistent. My secret to a great garden harvest is to plant a lot more than I will ever need so that no matter what Mother Nature throws my way I will surely have enough. One for germination issues, one for the bugs, one for the voles and field mice, one or two for the weather and the rest for my flock and I... Perseverance!