Viewing Pippi21's Garden Diary: Hardening off my seedlings
Saturday, April 23, 2011
More planting out accomplishedToday started off so gloomy, with light rain, after 1/2 inch of rainfall last night. About 1 pm, the sun finally comes out, it stops raining, and the temperatures climbed to 70. Yeh! What a difference a few hours makes and how the sun and warmer temperatures can boast one's spirits. I managed to get some cuttings a friend gave me planted in pots, and I found that I had some more cherry morello lupines and I did transplant them to a gal. pot. Also managed to plant out at least a dozen WS successes. Those milk jugs that I had planted on 12/30 that had never germinated..I opened up and dumped the potting soil in the flowerbeds..Some planted that date may have one or two small sprouts so I'm hoping they will start to do better. If the weather stays warm tomorrow, I will move my milk crates back in the sunshine, so they can continue to get light and the saturated soil will dry out some. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. I just hope for warm sunshine on Easter everywhere. On my list of things to do is to plant the tubers of asparagus fern that I got back in Feb. at seed swap. I will move the cherry morello lupines so it gets the morning sun, not the afternoon sun. Hopefully I will get more planted out.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Lessons learnedThe cherry morella lupines that I planted out last week in 60 degree weather have succumbed to either the cold weather, too much rain or transplant shock. Next time I wintersow them, I will move them to a gal. size container and keep them covered at night until temps get in 70's and until the plants get a lot of growth on them before planting out in the flowerbeds..I have some blue lupine seeds left so I will plant them in the gal. container and see what happens this time. Might just go out and buy some starter plants from garden center/nursery. Evidently they are a tender perennial..Today is cold, gloomy and I can't stand the cold to plant out today and rain is supposed to be starting about noon time. May move the plants that are out of the jugs into the garage till rain stops and it is Sunny and warm again.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Planting out of some of my seedlingsYesterday was absolutely beautiful; sun felt hot yesterday. Today, I worked outside most of the day. Opened up most of the containers that had a lot of sprouts in them, some that was growing out of their containers were Blue Flax, calif. poppy, Today I planted some HOS (larkspurs, lupines, sweet william. Yesterday I planted out the dwarf purple alyssum. I transplanted into 4 in. nursery pots, some of the seedlings that were sparse in the milk jugs. I know I'm taking a risk taking the tops off, but I've gathered them up and will be putting them inside the garage as we are predicting to have lots of rain tomorrow and a storm. The seedlings are so wet and some are so spindley and the perlite beads have green algae on them.(looks like)from so much rain.
Maybe next year, I'l keep the milk jug lids handy so I can put them on when we have lots of rain, but increase the air circulation holes. Gardening is all about trial and error. Need to go to HD for some more soil tomorrow, so I can start on the front flowerbeds when weather permits. It's a lot of work to bring them in/out garage but a gardeners got to do what she has to do to save her seedlings. I think I used muscles today and yesterday that I hadn't used in a long time. I am very tired and although the day was Sunny but a bit of wind. Should sleep good tonight.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The hardening process has begunIt's a beautiful day today, temps are 70 and I'm starting to harden out some of the seedlings that have become very tall in their containers..California Poppy, Patty's plum poppy, larkspurs, Morella cherry lupines, blue flax, Burgundy gaillardia, yellow yarrow to name a few that I have opened today. I get the morning and early afternoon sun in the back of the house. It's 4:30 pm and not much sun in the back now. I hope the air from the A/C unit is not too much for those seedlings that have their tops up. Will give them another 30 minutes and close them up for the day.
I asked Ann if she'd stop by and see what she thought that I could go ahead and plant out. Maybe I have something that I can share with her this year that she wants. Hopefully tomorrow will be a nice day too and I can open up some more jugs that have sizable growth to them. I need to dip up the Ice Plant and separate it. It has spread into the minature yellow rose bush and into my first garden phlox. Can't have that!
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