Spring is here...hopefully
Yesterday was the first day of spring and it was surprisingly spring-like. With the roller coaster weather all winter, I was half expecting a blizzard. For the last couple of days, I've been able to comfortably walk around outside wearing only a fleece jacket. Now, I'm not crazy enough to put my winter coat and boots away just yet - call me superstitious, but whenever I jump the gun, Mother Nature inevitably shows me who's boss.
Inside the house, however, I'm the boss - within reason, of course :) As there has been little consistency in our weather, I decided to maintain my seeding schedule as is. There's always the temptation to move things up a bit when the weather is unseasonably warm, but it's a gamble - sometimes it pays off while other times, it doesn't. This year I have a lot on my gardening plate (more on that in a future post), so I'm sticking to the original game plan.
The onions, leeks & shallots were seeded back in February and are well on their way. So far, no issues with damping off like last year. Now excuse me for a sec while I look for a piece of wood to knock on ;)
Onion, leek and shallot seedlings, well on their way
Pepper seedlings (approx. 1 month old)
Eggplant seedlings (2 weeks old)
Kale seedlings - less than a week old
Potatoes ready for chitting
The sweet potatoes are doing very well compared to last year, especially this guy:
Obviously enjoying the toasty heat mat
It's still too cold for these guys to be outside; once their photo op was done,
they were quickly brought back in
|Figs on March 12, 2016|
And lastly, I am growing a number of ornamentals this year, some of which are already up and running:
|Lemon Bee Balm (Monarda citriodora)|
|Strawflowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum)|
If you look closely, you can see seed germinating activity in all of the cells
|Palisandra, one of three coleus varieties I'm growing|
Things are going well at this point....more or less. I was removing the layer of straw from my beds today and noticed that 3 of my drip lines had been damaged and/or severed by some critter over the winter. It will be a quick fix, but it's nonethless annoying.
Oh well - let's concentrate on the positive, shall we? So far, miracle of miracles, I'm right on schedule and all my little seedlings seem to be happy. Let's hope it stays that way :)