Here’s my first tiny little dose of spring for you…
It’s really going to happen!
I believe that this particular crocus is always the first one every year. It’s in the exact same spot of my front yard, next to the walkway.
I don’t remember seeing it in February before but it’s out there this morning, as beautiful as can be.
And then there are the onions…
I planted them on Saturday and left them covered up and in the dark. I think they should have had light for half the time.
Yesterday was a very busy day and I didn’t have a chance to check them. It was a nice treat to look under the wrap this morning to see that they were well on their way!
The only problem is this hairy looking mold.
I don’t know…
I’ve never seen this before and I’m wondering if it’s going to be a problem going forward.
Anyone have experience with this?
There’s getting to be a bit of a time crunch so I’m reluctant to start over but that may be best.
Weigh in if you have any suggestions!
About the onions:
–I planted them in damp seed starting mix
–about three or four seeds to a cell, 1/4 inch deep or so
–covered them with saran wrap (because I couldn’t find the plastic cover that goes with the cells)
–and put them on a heating pad to keep the soil at 70 degrees. I’m leaving them on the heat until most have germinated.
It’s as simple as that.
I planted four varieties… sweet Spanish, candy, southport red globe and Alisa Craig exhibition. The Alisa Craig were kind of a cheat because I used leftover seed. Generally onion seeds are only considered to be viable for a year, but I had some space so I thought I’d plant one row of cell spaces and see what happens.
I did look around at different planting methods. There were plenty of suggestions such as spreading the seeds randomly or in rows in an open container then moving them to cells or pots, direct sowing, and not worrying about drainage (really)? I had good results last year so I decided to let history repeat itself. I’ll try to keep you posted on how things are going.
Further along on the spring is springing subject:
Swiss chard that wintered over, I kid you not!
I was very sure that the -10 temp of a few weeks ago pretty much eliminated anything that might be borderline. Swiss chard is amazingly hardy!
Because it’s 58 degrees outside today I moved this plexiglass over this little bed to warm the soil and create an area to start some lettuce soon. I covered that open edge with some boards, then my camera died so you can’t see it finished…
We have nothing to loose other than a $1.49 package of seed..
The snowdrops are popping… not sure about the cause of the blurriness of this shot, it may be related to the mud in the yard and the indoor shoes that I was wearing…
And the daffodils are coming up too. February is kind of early for daffodils but if we stay in this weather pattern they should be okay.
How’s your garden growing?
I hope that spring is springing early for you too!
Lots of love,