Stuff is growing inside and out!
Monday, 30 Apr 12 Cloudy 12°C / 54°F
I have had a lot of things going on in my life and am a little late logging my gardening activities and progress. But I did take some elementary notes, which allows me today to update the status of my plantings.
We have had a lot of rain and freezing temperatures. I have therefore not been able to do much in the garden, but the little I have sown has been sprouting. I don’t know why, but out of my twenty beet seeds, only one has sprouted. Maybe it is too early… I don’t see peas sprouting, but almost all my radishes are coming along. Last year’s kale is growing slowly but steadily. I think it is waiting for nicer weather to take off.
Inside, a lot has happened. My two broccoli seedlings are going strong and I will have to transplant them soon if I don’t want crooked seedlings. Cauliflower never sprouted, so I will try sowing some again, hopefully today. I still only have a measly little kale seedling – maybe kale really doesn’t like being started inside. We will see. Kohlrabi is awesome, as usual. They are growing fast and itching to get outside. Merveille des quatre saisons lettuce is growing strong as well and I think will need to go outside, with at least two true leaves each. On the other hand, I still only have one sprouted Deer Tongue lettuce, which will most likely need to be resown. Both my celery seeds have sprouted now.
Both of my coneflowers have sprouted. I don’t know if they will bloom this year, but I am keeping my fingers crossed. Morning glories are crazy! They have multiple true leaves and most of them are now twining vines! I might have sown them too early, they loom ready for transplanting outside, but it is still much too cold for them. Doe Hill peppers are all sprouting. Watermelon hasn’t sprouted, but this is normal for the time being. Both cantaloupes (Montreal melon and Gnadenfeld melon) have sprouted very nicely and uniformly. Go melons! A few yellow banana peppers have sprouted, but they sure are taking their sweet time. Sub Arctic Plenty tomatoes are shy, but Honeybee is sprouting.
I put the candytuft and California poppy seedlings in the shed, where it is cool enough for their liking but warm enought that they don’t freeze even when it is freezing outside. Pretty much all California poppies have sprouted, but no candytuft in sight. They are supposed to take two to three weeks, so they are not late yet.
Today is my last chance to lime the kohl crop bed, so I will do that. Some weeding and direct sowing is on the menu – I am about to miss spinach season, so sowing it is one of my biggest priorities.
Cheers and go seedlings!