Saturday, March 27, 2010

Seed Starting Stage Two

Put in my second round of seeds, now that my petunias are up.  Today I sowed Roma tomatoes, broccoli, impatiens, nicotiana, and amaranthus.  I'm running out of grow-light space, but I only have one more round of sowing in two weeks.

While it was below freezing here for the last 24 hours, I'm tempted to put my peas in any day now, once I get a moment.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I started composting again today.  I checked out my compost bin behind the garage and found that it wasn't frozen, and actually looked like I could use some of the compost this year on my raised bed.  It's about 2/3 full, so I'm collecting kitchen scraps again.  Feels good not to throw out all that nutrient-rich stuff.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Seed Starting

I started my first seeds today, 24 cells of petunias under grow lights and with a heating mat underneath.  Given the weather we've been having, I'm probably on the late side, but you never know in Maine.

Quite a few of my crocuses are out and blooming very nicely.  I have two lonely snowdrops out, but the daffodils, tulips, and irises (along with other minor bulbs) are up to about an inch high.  

I've removed almost all of the leaf mulch around the plants (except my butterfly bush and summer sweet), since I don't want any rot setting in, given the warm days we've been having.  

The ground in my raised bed is still frozen, so there'll be no planting peas for a while.

The best thing:  I've put away the snow blower and taken out the garden gear!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Spring is definitely here early.  I came home from a weekend in Cambridge (MA) to find that a few of my crocuses are now open (as well as snowdrops). I removed the leaf mulch around them so that they don't rot under the moist leaves.  Last year my crocuses opened on March 25, so Spring is nearly three weeks early.  While I love the early flowering, I'm not a big fan of climate change, so I hope this isn't any kind of harbinger.

I had planned on starting my first seeds (under lights) on the 15th, but perhaps I'll start early this year.