Thursday, April 08, 2010
Spring seedlings take over the house
We're preparing for our 8th annual seedling sale - heirloom tomatoes, peppers, kale, eggplant, flowers and many herbs have been planted and are now filling tray upon tray all through our house. The two grow racks are stacked high, and we're ready to do the first transplanting (basil, savory, thyme, marjoram, sage - all ready to go out of their little cell packs into fresh soil). We're getting a bit nervous about how to find space for all these lovely growing plant babies, and still give them enough light and warmth. April is still quite cold to set them out into our greenhouse, which is unheated (nice and warm during the day, even too hot on the sunny days when it can come near 25-30 in there if the door or vents aren't opened up; but cold at night when the temperatures still dip below zero). The latest plan is to move the hardier ones out to the greenhouse once they are a little bigger and cover them with floating row cover at night. On warm days later in May, we move them outdoors to start the hardening off process, and back in at night - but this is still at least a month away!