Monday, May 18, 2009
cold spring weather
Brrr! We're having a run of cool days. At midday, its 54*F in my yard and will go to low 40's tonight. Frost warnings are up for the north and western part of the state. Bbrrrr.
But then things are supposed to warm up nicely. Highs in 80's - lows in upper 50's for remainder of the week.
I've been keeping my warm weather plants inside under lights for the past couple weeks. I had them outside but the chilis didn't seem happy. So now my melons, cucumbers, squashes, chilis and eggplant are inside.
I planted all my basil outside a week ago and I hope it does OK. May have been a bit early.
I transplanted 8 tomato seedlings into a row by the south wall of my house several weeks ago. They're doing great (photo below right). I planted 8 more out into my community plot two weeks ago. These are not doing good. They aren't dead, but they aren't growing. I have room for a second row of 8, but will wait to transplant.
Since my tomato seedlings were ready for transplanting out of their tiny pots, I went ahead and transplanted to bigger pots last night. I think I remember counting 57 plants - 3 or 4 each of 16 varieties. After its nice and warm out, maybe even June, these will go to my parents and several friends' gardens. Until them I'll baby them in my sheltered location. Tonight I'll cover them all up.
Of course the peas love the coolness! Peas, and all the cool crops: lettuce, broccoli, beets, onions, cabbage and potatoes are very happy.