Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

La Bonne Terre Soil Blocks and Mini-Greenhouses

Today I started some of the seed for the improved greenhouse. As mentioned in previous entries we are making the larger unheated greenhouse into a raised bed in order to get a jump on spring crops and to grow throughout the winter.

I should be planting the greenhouse come the end of Feb. We plan on having quite a garden in this small area including cabbage, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, snow peas, sugar peas, maybe some old French forcing melons and early season watermelons, lettuce and so on. Today we sowed seed into the La Bonne Terre soil blocks which have been previously mentioned here on the blog and I thought I'd share some pics. with you of said soil blocks as well as our "mini-greenhouse" systems. These mini-greenhouses are actually nothing more than dollar store storage translucent storage boxes, but they make a wonderful alternative to the costly and easily sun damaged flats and humidity domes, plus they stack!

Seed sown thus far include:
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage (Thanks Hayne/CFF)
Yellow Cabbage Collards
Red Mustard (Thanks Ottowa Gardener)
Kale Mix (Thanks Lieven and Frank Moreton)

More to come, but I must invest in some more "mini-greenhouses"!

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