Seed Swaps

Another winter low

19 Jan 2012
Rainy 6°C / 43°F

I haven’t been home in daylight for 4 days…. And it’s getting to me.

I can’t see how my little ones are doing in the greenhouse, let alone check the inside temp of the greenhouse. Not happy!

I will (luckily) be home again on the weekend, at least for the most of it, but it’s still just totally frustrating not to be able to do anything.

What I want to do this weekend is plant up some of my mums that have survived the winter thus far, so maybe I can use them for some containers this autumn.

I also (still!) need to turn my compost pile, put bokashi in the ground (if not frozen), and – if I get the trays in the mail by the weekend – get my greenhouse looking more like a greenhouse and less like a storage shed. :) I also want to take a walk around the garden and see what bulbs have somehow made their way to the surface and plant them deeper in the ground. I also have to plant something that looks nice in containers – either need to research for the spring – or just put in some primulas or violas.

My lemon tree plant inside looks so poorly right now that it makes me sad looking at it. It’s lost all but 7 leaves back in november, and I’ve just now (well, 2-3 days ago) put it under the grow light, misted it with water and fed it some bokashi tea fertilizer. Just looking at it makes me a bit depressed.

My castor oil plant(s) has one seed germinating, the others are looking dead as doornails. I think they are doing this just to add to my gloom.

On a better note, I ordered (finally) 2 “real” bokashi bins with decent seals. The stuff I was using was a bit small, but doing the trick, but the seal has become a bit lax on the one. So I splurged. I’m using the one now for kitty-litter composting and it seems pretty good. Don’t worry, I’ll use it on ornamental beds only!

Although gloomy, the temps have been pretty mild here. The few nights that went under 0, I decided to put a “graveyard” candle in a tin can in the greenhouse, and my temps never went under 0. Darn close, but not under. I cannot tell you how my seedlings fared, as it’s just been PITCH BLACK when I am home. But the onions, the leeks and the lettuce (which are all under more propagators) will weather the storm, I hope. :)

well, that’s it for now. I hope you’re having a better winter than I am. This darkness in the north sucks.




I have a couple of bulbs coming up, and was wondering if I should cover them—it’s defintely still winter here! This is the first time i’ve planted bulbs, so wasn’t sure. Based on your comment about bulbs, thought i should ask you! Are you just adding more soil/mulch over your bulbs that are coming up, or are you digging up to bury them deeper?

Posted on 20 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

Going to dig them in deeper…. Some of the critters around the neighborhood decided the bulbs looked better on top of the soil than below. :)

As for if they are growing, don’t worry about it. Just let them be. Mother nature knows what she’s doing. :)

Posted on 20 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United Kingdom8a

Roll on the weekend. Being able to get your plans into action will no doubt cheer you up somewhat. I strongly recommend singing to your lemon tree for mood lifting and get a head led light to go visit your greenhouse after work – vanquish the darkness!

My garden is full of bulbs that are getting close to flowering. I am not going to worry but instead make sure I enjoy the show when they do, get some bloom photos and watch with interest what this unusual weather continues to do to the garden.

Posted on 20 Jan 12 (over 4 years ago)

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