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Local honey bees,potting up seedlings, under lightsPosted Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 4:47 PM
Pepperz reclaims her favorite pot.
I started two batches of seeds over the past 6 weeks. My first batch stayed in the starting tray too long and were not moved under lights. Although they were in a South facing window, they got leggy and did poorly.
My second batch was started last Sunday and yesterday I potted many of them up and revived the florescent growing bench in the greenhouse. I know, this is where The PITA lives, but she is now getting close to three years old and I decided to take a chance.
The front of the light bench is now closed off with a window I used for my cold frame. One of our cats was the first to get his 'nose-print' on there but I showed PITA there was glass between her and the plants and they survived the night.
I was a bit concerned when I came into the greenhouse early this morning and PITA was whining like she does when she gets caught after tearing something up, but I could find nothing. Maybe she tried but thought that was going to be found out.
Anyway, there are now some Charley Chaplin tomatoes, Armenian cucumbers, Musk Melon, Cocozelle Squash, Sweet Basil, Kohlrabi and (as expected) Chinese cabbage under the lights. Some of these are "pushing the envelope" at being early, but I always love to experiment, so....
Today I am digging out about a 10-12" furrow in 4-6" of wood chip mulch on the garden in rows. I then plan to let it dry out, till the gap with a hand tiller, and warm up for a few weeks while the seedlings are doing their thing under the lights. I project planting them out at the 1st of April, if not sooner.
While Mother Nature has given us a warm winter, I plan on some SURPRISES before the season really starts, so I will plant them low in the furrow so I can lay some sliding glass doors on top if cold weather threatens. In fact, I may lay them on top one week before planting and leave them on to create a warm micro-climate.
Keep in mind, many of my 'projects' fail, but that does not keep me from trying again, so...wish me luck. I just had an after-thought. The glass doors will also discourage the curious diggers like PITA, Sandy and some cats.
The picture? Some of you may remember a picture I had earlier this year of some catnip and rosemary I brought in for the winter. Pepperz adopted it as a sleeping spot. Well I moved it outside yesterday (minus the catnip which had been smothered). She found it out there and promptly claimed it again. Stayed there a few hours.
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