It jumped to hot weather here so fast, my little winter sown containers are growing fast! Usually you’d start taking the tops off during the day and replacing them at night when it got fairly cool, but it’s been so warm that it’s barely even dipped into the 40s at night which means replacing the tops was unnecessary.
I think I lost a flat of Maltese Cross due to not removing the top (or not making the aeration holes bigger) soon enough… the seedlings were teeny tiny and look like they got cooked. Oops. Lesson learned!
And I have 3 small flats that I think I forgot to drill holes in because they have no germination and seem very waterlogged. And I sowed 2 or 3 flats of pink profusion zinnias that I got in a trade that just didn’t germinate for me. I don’t know if it was me or the seeds. In either case, I’ve got dozens and dozens and DOZENS of flats that germinated perfectly, so 5 or 6 losses is pretty damn good! Plus, there’s still time to resow containers and try again!
Speaking of zinnias, here are some liliput zinnias that are doing just fine!
The lupines that were my first seeds to germinate are starting to get pretty tall. I think that’s foxglove sandwiched between the flats of lupine.
I wintersowed some corn….
And some butternut squash and green machine melon, all of which are quite pleased with this super warm spring weather.
And I’ve got wee peas poking up from the raised bed! I don’t know how much luck I’ll have with the peas since it got so warm so fast.
But I transplanted the corn, pole beans, squash, and melon that I wintersowed. And they will appreciate the heat.
The rest of the bed was direct-sown. It’ll be interesting to see the side-by-side comparison between winter sowing and direct sowing, though this weather is certainly not normal.
And here’s a picture of Ghost bird watching. For shiggles.