Did I tell you that I've been busy? Been digging up a new vegetable/flower bed in the back garden, bordering and just under the upstairs bedroom balcony/deck. Removed the top grassy layer and piled them in the wheel barrow to go into the would be compost heap that I'll be working on next.
Dug about a foot deep and was pleasantly surprised at how rich the soil is under the grass. Accidentally chopped up a few worms (sorry, my annelid friends), too, in the process.
The weather's been pretty wet and spring-like. Wet, cool, overcast. Started a few seeds already in the greenhouse, too, with a small block heater in the bottom-most shelf. While the block heater makes sure the the in-greenhouse temperature is about a balmy 20 deg C during the day, it just barely keeps the 'house about 5 deg at night when it drops down to below freezing. Good 'nuff.
|13 feet by 1 foot (or 4 meters by 0.3 meters). Nearly lost a toe in the digging, too! Lucky for presence of footwear, |
a big bruised big toe is better than a chopped off big toe any day.
|Some Gai Choy, beets, and Chards in the long container at the back. My egg-carton germinator in the foreground. |
Various lavandula types in the polystyrene cup, and indoor over-wintered catnip on the left.
|50 seedling coconut fibre pots filled with goodies to come!|
|A randomly buried (by squirrel pop in the hanging basket) sunflower seed making an early wake up|
|Carrot greenery poking through... didn't start this from seed though, had a carrot top from dinner prep that I figured |
would be worth trying to grow ...
|I would guess from the colour of the seedlings, they are the beets.|
|Gai Choy seedling|
|Last years Red Amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus) seeds germinated just fine, and surprisingly, when it's not even 10 deg C most days.|
|Whole bunch of Tropaeolum majus seeds being tucked into old cardboard TP rolls germinator ...|
|The Aquilegia rhizomes already sent out new foliage in from the mulched down beds ...|
|Supposed to Aquilegia seedlings, but is it just me or does it look very Brassica-ish? I'm getting a bit worried now! |
Identity crisis plants!
|More Brassica-ish Aquilegia seedlings. Oh well, lots of cabbages for us then! Must be seed packet labelling error.|
|Random dried pea that I picked up from the pet food supply shop germinated fine indoors, but is a bit ratty looking now when being left outside (after hardening off). It shares the pot with another chestnut seedling.|
|Good to see the lily bulbs I buried under the spruce tree (inside the pot) made it through winter OK!|
|After overwintering indoors for 5 months, the miniature rose (Rosa chinensis) is soooo glad to come out into real sunlight!|
Starts sending out profusion of new well formed leaves within days of being out.
|Yeaaa Nepeta cataria (catnip) looks a bit ratty and leggy but they'll bounce |
back after I pinch the sickly looking indoor leaves off.