Wow, March already?
Where does the time go? Not much happened over the Winter and old Jack Frost is hanging on tightly to the chilly mornings. We hopefully had our last wet snow of the season but it just doesn't feel like Spring has truly arrived yet. This time last year I was full force preparing for Spring planting but this year, the weather has been so crummy that I haven't been to the garden yet. I'm hoping to get there soon just to take inventory about what needs to be done. Potatoes are always the first thing to be planted. I'm going to start harvesting them early this year and eating the small little potatoes first. Every year I have way too many that spoil in storage so my plan is to start eating them early and not have so many to store.
The onion sets were planted first and put under the grow lights when sprouting started. Yes, those are half toilet rolls. Later they will be planted out in the garden when the soil warms up to the right temperature which hopefully will be in about another two to three weeks. Onions are heavy nitrogen feeders so these guys are about at the stage where they need a good feed. They can also be set outside to soak up the sunshine on warm days.
The bell peppers and eggplants are doing really well. My first bell peppers I put in my computer room on a heat mat thinking it would really help them sprout better. About two weeks into the germination period, I took a soil temperature reading and found it to be 97 degrees. Not a single seed from that batch germinated. I think I cooked them. The second batch that you see here was started by sprouting the seeds on a paper towel inside a Ziploc bag. Just as the seeds began to sprout (I think about a week or 10 days), I planted them. Two weeks later they were up and growing. I transplanted them into larger cups for now and perhaps in a month to bigger yet cups.
I planted lettuce but it didn't seem to germinate. I'll have to plant more and see what happens. Strange things happen when germinating seeds in the Spring. I'm just glad that signs of the coming Spring is every where and the long cold Winter is coming to an end. My favorite season is Spring with all the new life and fresh growth. So I can definitely say the garden season has begun.
Do you have any thing under the grow lights yet?
Have a great Spring day where ever you are.
P.S. Now that Spring has arrived I'll have more to write about and post will come more often.