Yes! Bulbs! (garden update)
The barest hint of upcoming foliage has appeared in my bub bed. Looks like it’s the tulips and/or daffodils. I’m glad something is coming up, though I don’t know what happened to the snowdrops.
The foliage of the two unknown varieties of bulbs-I-didn’t-plant are also coming along nicely. Hopefully they’ll be identifiable soon.
Winter-sown stuff isn’t sprouting yet, but I wasn’t expecting it to.
Finally actually ordered my seeds, and I’m going to get my grow-light setup together next weekend and start the peppers if they’ve come.
In other good news, the landlord asked one of my roommates if we had a hose, which leads me to hope he will provide one. It’d be nice to cross that off my expense list.
Winter sowing- Note to Self
Milk jugs, including little, no string - purple coneflowers
Milk jugs, with string - black-eyed susans
round juice jug - seeds from little suburb hosta
square big juice jugs - columbine
little juice jugs - seeds from Clark Park and neighbor’s hostas
soda-pop bottles - lavender
I’ve got poppies on the brain (specifically Lauren’s Dark Grape). I’d been planning on planting them in the garden this year, but as I was reviewing the starting procedures for each of the flowers, I realized that those for poppies are basically “Direct sow in winter. Does not transplant well.” Bit of a problem, there. I don’t really have things ready to direct sow and not transplant yet. Basically, the dirt is not physically in the location in needs to be yet, and/or there are rocks and debris covering it. This is not going to be fixed by the end of February, and quite possibly not by the end of March (it depends on how the weather lines up with my weekends off, really).
The only idea I have right now is to sow them in paper towel rolls to accommodate the long taproot and leave it undisturbed, put several paper towel rolls in a plastic container (with holes in the bottom), and then stick the whole mess outside to get the necessary cold-and-wet treatment until I pop the paper towel rolls and their baby poppies in the ground in April-ish. .
Oooooor I could skip the poppies this year.
(And annoyingly enough, my first choice for replacing the poppies, larkspur, requires much the same treatment. Hmph.)
I wonder with this nasty winter…
if I should be planning on starting my seeds later. It seems like the nastiness of the weather is likely to make the last frost later.
I guess I’ll go ahead and keep planning to have everything ready at the beginning of March, but if the temperatures remain exceptionally cold through February I’ll start everything at the end of the suggested start range (i.e., where the peppers say 10 to 8 weeks before the last frost date, I’ll start them 8 weeks before, not 10).