So the onion seedlings were a total fail.¹ They’ve slowly withered over the last couple of weeks, I think for a couple of reasons. Even though they were in a sunny, south-facing window, the temperature was too cold since our thermostat is generally set at 64 degrees. If I try it again next year, I’ll have to invest in a heating pad.²
The other problem was keeping the soilless potting mix moist but not saturated. I poured water in the bottom of the holding container every couple of days, allowing the plants to soak up what they needed. That worked great until one day, inexplicably, those little things sucked up a ton of water all at once, and they never got over it. Alas, the tiny, sad-looking plants went in the composter yesterday, but I’m not giving up. Many gardening forums say don’t bother starting onions indoors in the South, so I sowed more seeds directly in the raised bed. Fingers crossed.
Carrot seeds also went in the ground last week, a little earlier than originally planned. But this unseasonably warm weather was too great a temptation. I’ll post photos when they begin to sprout.
Started three types of tomato seeds indoors yesterday (Yellow Pear, Rutgers VF, and Principe Borghese) as well as herbs and native flowers (purple coneflower, butterfly weed, anise hyssop, and lemon bergamot) for the eroding bank in front of our house. To prevent saturation problems with the soilless potting mix, I dumped the bag into a large container and added a little water, just until the entire batch was crumbly but not soaking wet. Once the mix was fluffy and evenly moist, it went into the flats for seeding.
The broccoli (above) is looking good, despite fifteen inches of rain (literally) in the last couple of weeks. And I wedged a few Bibb lettuce seedlings in a bare spot in the wildflower garden, but they haven’t enjoyed the rain nearly as much. They’re a bit yellow but seem to be hanging on and drying out, so I’m hopeful.
This week’s most exciting development? Our first Jerusalem artichoke has surfaced, and now I’m dreaming of a wall of sunflowers in the back yard.
Are you prepping your garden yet, interwebs?
¹ This is not completely true. Like two of the onions were still standing upright. But she transplanted those outside, where they’ll probably just die. So maybe she is right.
² We don’t even have a heating pad for ourselves. We use hot water bottles circa 1932. Is it a sickness that we treat our veg better than ourselves?