Spring? Hello...anybody home?
This spring weather, if you can call it that, is driving me a little crazy. We are looking at low, single digit highs around here which, for my friends in the US, translates to temps in the 30's & 40's. I've managed to get in a couple of hours when the mercury crept into the upper end of that range but my time outside was cut short by bouts of rain.
|1st task of the season is removing the protective layer of straw from the beds|
As is often the case when spring is delayed and outdoor tasks have to wait, my gardening itch is scratched by what is happening inside. The top shelf of the grow stand is packed, the onions are on the 2nd shelf and the third shelf has just been called to service. Even though the onions don't take up the entire shelf, they are on a 12 hour light schedule so they get one level to themselves. It all works out as by the time I need the extra space (in a couple of weeks), they will be on their way outside.
|Under the grow lights|
|Lemon Basil beside chitting potatoes|
|Browallia ('Marine Bells')|
I've had a germination issue with the Chocolate Mint coleus - not one came up & I don't have any seed left (it's one of those varieties where you only get 10 or so seeds in a packet & I used up half of them last year). Fortunately, I have a couple of Chocolate Mint plants from last season that I potted up and was able to - rather miraculously - overwinter in our family room window.
|Last year's Chocolate Mint coleus will find it's way back to the garden this year.|
The rock-hard seed coats of Love-in-a-Puff are also giving me a "hard" time 😉 with only one germinating - I'm trying to pre-germinate a few more that I've both scarified & soaked so we'll see how that goes.
When it comes to the edibles, everything is coming along fairly well, although there have been a couple of casualties in the pepper tray. The peppers, as a whole, are doing fine with the exception of one variety - Carmen. All four seedlings struggled and, in fact, two completely succumbed.
|Notice the difference between Carmen|
(on the right, 2nd from the bottom) & all the other varieties?
|Carmen Seedlings a few weeks ago - the two on the left are the ones that have held on.|
I've since put the two on the right out of their misery.
Outside we had another casualty. Something (I'm thinking long ears and twitchy nose), has once again chewed through a few of the drip lines.
|This bed suffered the most damage with 3 of the 4 lines damaged|
including one that was hacked into several pieces
|The ones that are only nipped off at the edge are an easy repair|
Now if only the weather would turn - the warmest day in the coming week will only hit 5C/41F. The long range forecast indicates that we will be getting more seasonal temperatures by next Friday. But we all know how accurate these long range forecasts are....not.