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Gardener’s Journal – 2/26/11

Today I did some more sowing of seeds – both in the cold frame and in some newspaper pots to put under shop lights in the basement.  I sowed marigolds (I’m trying a 60 day variety to see if they will actually flower in time to help out my early veggies), parsley and beets in newspaper pots.  I decided not to heat the seeds in the basement to see if it makes a difference – I normally use Christmas lights under the trays – I’m too cheap to spend the $40 on a heating mat (so far). 

In the cold frame I sowed some lettuce, leeks and parsley.  The soil temperature has reached 50F, so hopefully some of the seeds I sowed earlier will start germinating now too.  (Still only the arugula showing any signs of life.)

March 1, 2011 at 12:47 am Leave a comment

Gardener’s Journal – 2/24/11

Exciting news from the cold frame.  I checked it yesterday – gave it a bit of water and guess what – there were three little Arugula seedlings poking their little leaves up through the soil!  The soil temperature has dropped to around 40F, so I’m not sure there is going to be much action with the other seeds – but we will see – nature is just one miracle after another!

The cosmos seedlings were floundering in the south-facing window, so I bit the bullet and put them under the lights in the basement – amazing what a bit of light from above can do – they are much happier now!

I’m afraid to report that the sweet potato slips are not doing very well – I keep changing the water and even turned one upside down to see if would make a difference, but I’m not holding out much hope for these.  I did order some, so I fear that will have to be it for this year..

February 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Gardener’s Journal – 2/19/11

Wow, what a wind today – gusts up to 60 mph!  When its windy like this, it makes me glad I don’t live in a hurricane zone.  I had to do some cold frame maintenance – the second light kept lifting so I put some small logs on top to stop it.  The soil temperature is has fallen to 45F – even after our mini respite into Spring the last couple of days (hit 60F yesterday – all the snow melted).  I am thinking of covering it overnight – just have to get my creative juices going as to how best to do that.  It is not such an issue right now, but once some of the seeds have germinated, I don’t think it shouldn’t get below freezing in there.

February 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

Gardener’s Journal – 2/15/11

OK, so today was the big day.. I actually sowed some seeds in the cold frame – kale, arugula, mache, spring onions, beets and carrots.  I am a bit worried about the fact that I filled a lot of  the “head space” with growing medium – but I figure, by the time they are that tall, it will be time to take off the lid anyhow (hopefully!).

I was checking out the temperature inside the cold frame and of the soil itself – it was 30F outside today (with a nasty cold wind), but once the sun came out it was 80F inside the frame!  (It probably would have got even hotter, but the automatic opener had done its job and was ventilating the frame – cool!).  The soil is 50F – just warm enough to germinate those seeds I sowed today – but with a 65F day on the way, I think this is likely to rise (at least temporarily – it is not spring yet!).

February 15, 2011 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Gardener’s Journal – 2/13/11

“Installing” cold frame

Today it warmed up slightly, and I had dug out the snow covering the site for the new cold frame a couple of days ago, so it was nicely thawed and grass was visible.  Torri and I dragged the 2 x (2cuft) bags of Gardener’s Gold Soil Amendment and 1 x (2 cuft) bag of Potting Soil down the hill on a couple of sleds.  Then we aerated the sod and covered the ground with two layers of fabric weedblock.  Unfortunately, the bagged compost had frozen somewhat in the garage, but we managed to get it into the cold frame without incident.  (The cold frame is made from polycarbonate, which is supposed to be very strong, but seems a little flimsy – no complaints yet though).  Anyhow, I then put the outdoor thermometer into the frame to see what kind of temperatures it will reach when the sun comes out and how warm it keeps during the night.  It is supposed to warm up dramatically in the few days, so that will help with seed germination, when I get to that later this week.

February 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

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