May 18th to 28th Update

Weather has been good. Low temps were below zero only on one day.

May 18-19, dug up and seeded (wildflowers, delphinium seeds from last year) an area around the back post of the deck where we’ve had some luck with delphiniums, mint and, of course, poppies.

May 23 seeded front walk w/ flower seed.

May 24 transplanted 3 dozen lettuce plants into the back yard.

May 25 seeded carrots in second box; seeded 2.5 dozen Sylvesta (Butterhead) outside on the deck.

As of May 28th, the buttercrunch lettuce, seeded in the house on May 15, had not sprouted – guessing they were too wet, rotted or something. Sprouting seeds in the window can be a problem but not as much as doing it outside – which after the weather gets warm/hot it rarely seems to work.

May 26 notice the romaine seeded directly in the ground was coming up.

Tomatoes are looking alright, as are the basil.

Raining today.

Will try to put in as much lettuce as I can on Sunday and Monday as the long term forecast looks favourable. Will also be looking at prepping boxes for Tomatoes in the greenhouse and possibly boxes for basil too.

Going to shop for flowers and Rosemary tomorrow.



May 15th Update

Weather has been good. Relatively warm over night.

Sowed more peas in two planters plus added a few more to the first two that I sowed a couple of weeks ago. Dug out one that appears to have sprouted. Sowed some carrot seed in planter box.  Transplanted several dozen lettuce sprouts and about 1.5 dozen basil sprouts. Decided to stop using the lights in the basement to sprout seeds. Seeing our electric bill for the last month motivated me. It is time now to just use the sunlight that we get in our living room/kitchen to sprout lettuce and basil.

Sowed a small area of the back lettuce garden with romaine seed (60″ x 50″). Hopefully they make it. It is getting close to that second week of June plants in the ground, relatively safe date.

Transplanted some nasturtiums and sowed some sweet peas and morning glory seeds in the greenhouse.

Sowed some butterleaf lettuce seed (3 dozen plugs).

Decided, reluctantly, to use some fertilizer on my tomato seedlings because they were starting to go yellowy green. When they are in small containers they dry out relatively fast, especially when they are outside during the day, and thus the watering washes out the nutrients in the soil. And they need a kick in the early days, anyway. So WTF.



May 4th Update

Unseasonably warm weather right now. Going to get a bit colder as the week wears on. Still taking my trays of plants in at night.

I have finished transplanting the first crops of basil as well as all my tomatoes.

Arugula is coming up as are some lettuce in the greenhouse.

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