Yo, hopeful Northern Hemisphere gardeners! Check in! How’s everything looking with your starter seedlings?
If you haven’t already, it’s a good time to look at your babies and see who’s past the germination deadline without showing any green. Some of my seeds have a very long germination time (10-14 days) but once two weeks is up and I haven’t seen any proto-leaves, those little things are quickly replaced with new seeds.
This year I’m planting a bigger variety of vegetables than I ever have before. I’ve started most of them already (all that I had toilet paper rolls for!) because I have a feeling we’re in for a warm spring. I don’t think I’m going to have to worry about frost as late as I have in years past — so I’m kind of starting all my stuff at once. If I’m wrong, well…then I’ll just start again. I’ve been late in planting seeds in the past, and everything turned out all right, so if I end up starting something late because I THOUGHT it was already covered, it’s not the end of the world.
I may also have to figure out if some of my seeds are still viable — catnip, mini yellow bell peppers, namely — as NONE of my seeds from those tubes sprouted AT ALL. And those two packs in particular are at least a season old.
And then next? I’ve got my eyes on getting some radishes and lettuce in the ground, since the soil’s gotten so warm so fast. MM! GREENS!
So, if I went too fast for you, it’s time to be doing these things:
- Prune out the seedlings that have gotten too leggy (long, lean, and unable to stand up on their own.) If you have a lot of these, check the distance on your grow lights. They should be only an inch or two directly over the plants to prevent seedlings from leaning for light.
- Check your seed packets (or check in here) for germination times. If any of your seed starters have passed the deadline without shooting up, it’s probably time to ditch them and start again.
- Check a planting schedule and see what seeds you should be starting now.
- Start cleaning brush from your garden — get her clean and ready to till! This is a good time to do physical maintenance in your plot, too. Replacing liners, laying paths — stuff like that. I need to build myself a potato tower and strawberry pyramid.
Everything still all greens and smiles, or has it turned brown already? If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere we also want to hear from you — you might even submit a story from your perspective.