2022 Veggie gardens!

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While I have the bulk jar(s) out, anyone else want to try Calypso?

Is that a pepper? I’d like some. NVM; I see it’s cilantro.

I’m in a Master Gardener class!

The class sounds like fun! It should be helpful solving problems specific to your region.

Speaking of problems: electricity went out in this area for six days, due to icy snow. 380,000 folks were out. A week ago, power was restored and we’re expecting another nasty snow-sleet-ice event, starting tonight or tomorrow. Cr _ _ ud! Hauling jugs of water to the greenhouse is not fun. A 15 gallon tank was filled in there, just in case.

On the bright side: The Ishikura onions (Allium fistulosum) planted last spring have survived the ice, snow and temperatures of 17°F ( –8°C). One variety is Red Beard, the other Evergreen. These green onions might perform well during the CA winters.

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Sorry to hear that!

Is this a greenhouse at your home or a business? What temperature is the heater set for?

I have wanted to try “Japanese onions” which I’ve read will overwinter here. How long will yours be in the ground?

A winter storm should be arriving any minute…ugh! I just hope the electricity doesn’t go out!

The greenhouse is primarily for the business, Botanique. We keep the lowest temperatures, during the winter, around 55°F (13°C), which is a bit cool, but the warm growers tolerate it. Many of the carnivorous plants we grow like the cooler temperatures at night. Plants are arranged closer or farther from the heater, depending on their preferences. I use heat mats to start cuttings and seedlings, which generally don’t like the cool. Most plants would be happier with a 60–65°F (16–18°C) low temperature. Propane heat is expensive!

I’m going to leave the bunching onions in the ground as long as they survive or become too weak. We had a period with above-freezing days and I recently picked a bunch to use in soups and stir fries. They cook very quickly and are traditionally cut at a very steep angle to make “horse’s ear” slices. Give them space, as they are much larger plants than common scallions. I’m sure they will overwinter and probably keep growing during your winters.

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What an impressive nursery! It’s mind boggling! Have you gotten help with your 501c3?

Thank you! There’s over 80,000 plants there. This year, I’m keeping Lemongrass starts in the greenhouse; I hope it’s warm enough for them! I keep tropicals on the dry side when it’s cool, so they are less prone to rot.

The 501c3 is on hold for now, due to time limitations. I’m trying to redesign the web site, but it’s a big project.

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Understood. I am about 5 years into a 501c3.

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Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, Yuanyang County, Yunnan
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