March 31, 2011
Seedlings
Photo by Jessica Walliser
My seedlings, which I started using my new grow-light stand, are ready to transplant into the garden.

I finally got around to transplanting all the seedlings growing on my new grow-light stand. They look so great!

I had surprisingly good germination on many of them and disappointingly bad germination on others. Strangely enough, some of the lousy germination was from the newer seeds. Not sure what’s up with that, but life will go on I’m sure. I had to re-sow some more “Mini Bells” peppers, as only a few came up (all the other peppers did great). I planted more Bells of Ireland, too, because only three out of 10 germinated. I have never grown them under lights before, preferring to sow them directly in the garden, but I thought I’d give it a try in hopes of getting some earlier blooms. 

Last week, I also planted a nice selection of flowering annual seeds. Zinnia, cosmos, amaranth, nicotiana and some salvia. Some of them are already up and looking good. If all goes according to plan, it’s going to be a colorful year out in the garden! 

I’m considering going outside later this afternoon to cut down all my ornamental grasses. The temps are pretty cool, but I’m afraid if I don’t do it soon, the new growth will start and I’ll end up trimming that, as well. I still need to prune our young fruit trees and cut back the butterfly bush, not to mention plant the onions and 75 new asparagus crowns that will go in the new raised beds that I still haven’t gotten around to building. So many chores! I better quit typing and get to work … 

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