Thunderstorms & the 6th Seeding

The surprising addition of thunderstorms Sunday evening and throughout much of the night postponed any outdoor work yet again.  After that, strong, strong winds have rattled the windows and set the tree branches to clicking together like a beginning drum class, off rhythm and excessively loud.  The snow has washed away and now it is easy to see the deep ruts that the deluge cut through the lawn in places.  The landscape is never-ending beige and brown, with an aluminum-colored sky overhead.  However, despite the bleakness outdoors, the forecast is for temperatures in the 40’sF for the next ten days, and decent night-time numbers as well.  I’m thinking/hoping/praying that the soil will dry enough that I can get some outdoor seeding done this week, and also move baby plants to the greenhouse.  Actually, I’m definitely counting on getting that first round of plants moved and the next batches transplanted and refilling the basement space whether the weather cooperates or not, but not on a windyday as the flats would blow right off my wagon!  Regardless,  it was time to do the March 10th seeding (which as you recall is now a melding of 5th into 6th.)  Weird that there is more green in my basement than outdoors!

This round now contains the dwarf marigolds for the potager’s path edgings, lots of cabbage varieties (although smaller amounts of each since we tend to eat more lettuce and spinach and other greens in spring than cabbage), aspa-broc, more onions and cippolini, lettuces in 4-packs, sweet alyssum in 4-packs to be tucked into the strawberry beds to improve pollination, the cold-tolerant (Polbig & Defiant), cherry, and grape tomatoes, the red cherry sweet peppers, a few of each type of broccoli and cauliflower.  If you’d like to know the variety names, you can click on the 2019 seed list page above.

The transplanting is on hold due to lack of space, so there’s hundreds of babies needing their own pots which must be done this week.  The 4th seeding has had some good, some less than stellar germination which may turn out to be a blessing.  Of course, most of that was the Plant World Seed order of mostly perennials that are much slower to germinate than broccoli or lettuces, etc.  One batch of onions has had terrible germination, but it was 2 yr. old seed so it was iffy at best.  There’s still plenty of time to seed more, especially those designated for storage.

One particularly ugly day, I went after seed potatoes to lift my spirits, only to discover they didn’t have them in yet, so I was forced to drown my sorrows in pie.  And, we’re still waiting on that first crocus to set things in motion….frantic motion it will be.  There’s lots of catching-up ahead!

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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12 Responses to Thunderstorms & the 6th Seeding

  1. bcparkison says:

    Which reminds me I should go water the hoop house seeds.

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  2. Oh how behind I am hehe Things have been crazy this year, but I think I’ll still manage a decent garden, fingers crossed. ❤ Hardy things are coming up and we aren't supposed to have any brutal temps. It really makes my day seeing all the life popping up. : D

    Here's to another year of bountiful gardening and best of luck to you!

    Meno ❤

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  3. How strange that your weather is so often the same as mine, yet I am in Glastonbury, Somerset in the UK!! We had thunder storms on Sunday night too, and the high winds. Lightning is apparently very good for the soil as it creates nitrates from the air

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    • carolee says:

      Monday and Tuesday were warm, calm and SUNNY! Today it’s back to rain, tomorrow storms and strong wind warnings. Yes, lightning fixes nitrogen in the soil. Haven’t been to Glastonbury. I’ll look it up on the map. I’ve traveled over much of England (except the Lake district…still on my bucket list) visiting gardens or my daughter when she lived in Norwich.

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  4. Bonnie Carrell says:

    What are you planting outside this week?

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  5. Bonnie Carrell says:

    I forgot to mention that I can see the shoots coming up on Autumn Joy and others. Of course the Winter Aconite is blooming. Love that little plant. At my old house, it was planted next to the house and usually started blooming in early Feb. Now it’s a little later at the farm.
    I meant to ask what seeds are you planting outside this week? I have a friend that swears by planting her peas by St. Pats day.

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    • carolee says:

      I always plant peas with the first crocus…have planted shallots, peas, snow peas, snap peas, bok choy, mache, arugula, kale, chinese cabbage, spinach, lettuce so far. Great to get into the potager again! How is your veg garden coming?

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  6. I hope the pie was good 🙂

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