Photo by Jessica Walliser
My seedlings, which I started using my new grow-light stand, are ready to transplant into the garden.
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 whatâ€™s up with that, but life will go on Iâ€™m sure. I had to re-sow some more â€śMini Bellsâ€ť 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 Iâ€™d give it a try in hopes of getting some earlier blooms.Â
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, itâ€™s going to be a colorful year out in the garden!Â
Iâ€™m considering going outside later this afternoon to cut down all my ornamental grasses. The temps are pretty cool, but Iâ€™m afraid if I donâ€™t do it soon, the new growth will start and Iâ€™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 theÂ new raised beds that I still havenâ€™t gotten around to building. So many chores! I better quit typing and get to work â€¦Â