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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Basement greens

The lights have been on in the basement for a few weeks.

I tried a container of onions, but the seed was old and germination was pitiful.  I just don't know how to keep onion seeds viable for a year.  They are available in March, but I want to sow them in December, but by then they just don't do well at all.  Suggestions?

I've got containers of arugula (they sprout in 2 days - almost instant gratification), swiss chard and bull's blood red beets.

Also just sprouting are some saved seeds from New England asters.

Off to the side, I'm still babying a tray of English lavender I started last Spring.  Never did find a place for them out in the gardens.  Maybe this year....

In the back 3 overwintering black'n'blue salvias and 2 geraniums (1 salmon, 1 red).

The other overwintering red geraniums are gracing the front bay window upstairs.

Still time yet to order this years seeds: tomato, cuke, peppers and suchlike to replenish my aging stash.

Otherwise, I'm enjoying the greenery upstairs with a blizzard as a backdrop.  How 'bout you?  What's up with your starts?

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring 2015 - done

All the seedlings and cuttings have been moved to the deck as of May 1st.  The lights are out in the basement until next year.  Cya later.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jumped the gun

Note to self: Do NOT start marigolds in March.  

I sowed a tray of dwarf French marigolds on March 21st.  Thought I needed that much time to have some plants to go out late May.

Well, here we are, only 5 weeks later and it's still April.

Yikes!   Already budding up (insert)! 

I'm still glad I started the Zahara zins that early.  Looks like I'll have some nice size plants for the driveway border beds.

But I do see that the tall State Fair zins (over to the side next to the wall) are needing to be potted up.  

Long range forecast says May will be warm days and mild nights.  Yeah, right.  Like I'm going to swallow that!  LOL

How about you?  How are your starts coming along?

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