May 13


I’m finishing with my lights for now as I’m going to move all my plants upstairs, and transplant them into 6 inch containers (tomatoes, tomatillas, grd cherry and peppers) over the weekend and early next week. I’ve transplanted my lettuce into 3 and 4 inch containers already (May 10-13) and have separated almost all of my lettuce in the greenhouse.

Most of my lettuce is still under a cold frame in the greenhouse but last night I left out 5 plants. The soil froze (surface anyway) as did the surface of the water in my watering cans but the lettuce survived (or appears to have). The lettuce under the cold frame was fine.

I planted 45 lettuce sprouts in one of my raised beds in the back forty. I have a cold frame to cover it too – we’ll see how it goes. I think anything more than a 3 hrs or so under zero may be deadly – if the sun isn’t shining on it. That said, it is worth the risk as I’m fairly diversifed, having lettuce growing in three places: in the house, in the greenhouse and outside.

My first crop of basil for the season looks horrible. Only maybe 3-4 good plants out of a dozen. I’m going to transplant those too and start some more soon. Eventually I want to use my greenhouse for a mass basil plant – as it is too hot in the summer for lettuce.

So far everything looks good besides the Basil. Fingers crossed that the weather doesn’t swing back to cold. We usually get a deadly cold period just before the all clear point around June 11ish…..

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