I'm sure you've heard that winter has arrived in the Northeast with a morning temperature of 11 degrees and below zero with the wind chill. Wonderful weather. I think many people welcomed the temperatures that we would normally be having. Outside my pansies were frozen this morning. I guess it's too late to pull the geraniums with their pink blooms.
The violas I sowed did not germinate yet. I had them on the porch. With the predicted temperatures I removed them from the porch although it's enclosed, it's not heated. I'm always unsure if I should put them in a cool or warm area till they germinate because the seed pack said 60-70 degrees and many reliable sources on the web say they need a cool environment. Maybe that's when they're started in the summer for fall. So I brought them in and tried something different. Some have risen to soil level so I know some will soon germinate. I put them on the heat mat tonight to see what happens. I've never placed them on the mat in the past. Can't hurt. Let's see what happens.
I prepared a container for the begonias last night but the coir pellets that came with the set were so small. Each cell in the container needs more growing medium. Since it's coir I don't want to mix it with peat. Hopefully this week I can hydrate a part of a block I have and add more grow medium to use so they can be started. As you've seen in the past, the grow very, very slow. It's worth it in the end and they catch up quick and bloom. I'm excited about starting other seeds. Just have to make time.
Are you still possibly buying bulbs? As long as you can work the soil they can be planted. While looking through 700 e-mails toinght and eliminating all except the specials from plant nurseries, I saw a great deal from EdenBrothers that has the last best deal I've gotten. Ten dollars for 100 tulips. They also have hyacinths, allium, and narcissus left but they're going fast. I wanted to order more grape hyacinths because it looks like the squirrels dug up and ate mine but while I was looking at what was available I guess someone else put the last ones in their cart. So I ordered the tulips and hyacinths. I believe shipping to my area was a little over eight dollars.
What am I going to do with them since I really have no more room? The possibilities include taking them to my sister's house and planting them myself because I know she loves them but won't plant them. I gave her some last week and I saw them inside her house. I made her take them outside as they'll rot or dry out indoors as she lets them do every year. The second option is packaging them up for interested coworkers and neighbors who like gardening and whom I believe will plant them.
|I'll work on taking clear pictures. One of my favorite parts of seed starting is looking at images of other gardeners seedlings in progress to see what mine should be doing. Clear pictures do help.|