It’s the last day of March on The Hill and we are expecting more snow. The view of the main garden from the upstairs window makes me think getting peas planted by Tax Day might be pushing it. I still have high hopes. Peas and larkspur are planted by seed at the same time. I love the bold blue the larkspur brings to the landscape. I’m hoping to plant them both in mid April and again at the first week of May.
Taking advantage of a south facing window. Light is at a premium right now. Every available space is filling up with seedlings and transplants. This is calendula. I love its blazing color. If I keep it picked regularly, the blooms keep coming. It will be one of the last blooming flowers in my garden. This is one of three calendula that showed up in one of Harry’s “winter surprise” pots. He will bring in a planter of soil before the ground freezes, keeps it watered and in sunlight and we see what happens! We had calendula, pansies, pigweed and clover this year. I transplanted out the calendula and will see what happens!
I have about 100 seedlings from three varieties of pansies- all from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Penny is reputed to bloom all season long. The fairly colors are unusual for pansies–orange, yellow, blue. Majestic Giants, traditional pansies with extra large flowers and Sorbet, an early flowering variety. Most of the seedlings will be transplanted into containers for the Green Love Renaissance garden. I also have a few choice spots for them in the main garden too!
NEXT STOP FOR PANSIES AND ONION SEEDLINGS
It’s like saying hello to an old friend to go out on the south side of the house. Harry and I sat outside sunning ourselves in this oasis of ground. The cold frame may not look like much, but it works really well for the pansies and the onion seedlings. I won’t start hardening them off out here until this next batch of snow has passed.
I’ve used this method successfully for years. What I like is being able to remove the apparatus and store the until I need it again. This area is quite shaded when the trees leave out, but right now it is the perfect place for the seedlings that can tolerate some cold.
For materials I used plastic tubing, old tent poles, greenhouse plastic and dimensional lumber from previous projects. The tent poles are from tents that are missing pieces. I stretched them out and cut them apart to make “stakes” to poke in the ground. The black tube goes over the “stakes” and I shoved it into the ground to secure it a bit. The lumber and plant pots secure down the plastic. It’s crude, but I had a blast putting it together. The sun was shining as I stood on my little island of soil surrounded by snow. Sweetness.
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
I was lifting up a piece of wood to hold down the cold frame plastic and found new baby strawberry plants saying hello to me. One of my plans is to pot up plants that are already growing around the yard or self seeding in the garden. This is my first challenge I think. Wild strawberries transplant well and make excellent container plants. There is no cost for the seed and I can keep the potted plants outside. I wonder how they would do with attention and care?
Thanks to The Constant Gardener for the inspiration to share an end of the month photo.
“Every so often you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”