Planning, and planning and waiting. Right now, it's low 20's ºF (minus 5 or 6 ºC). but inside, it is about 55 in my basement. Underneath the black plastic watering trays, are flat, electric heat mats, bringing soil to about 20 degrees F (about 8-10 ºC) warmer than ambient.
Ideal temperatures for planting outside mean 50ºF soil (about 10ºC) and that won't happen for a about 90 more days. Our last average frost date, of May 1st, is the rough guideline I use for counting backwards to estimate my seed starting.
Some seeds start about 12 weeks before transplanting outside(peppers) so I start them Feb 15th. Some, like tomato, start seeds about 8 to 10 weeks, so I won't start them indoors until March 1st-15th. I probably won't plant that many tomato and pepper, I will select the healthiest starts and transplant those. Most herbs, I start from seed about March 1st.
Here's a snapshot of the type of plants I am starting from seed. Still haven't decided how many of each, but, when I do, I will break it down for you. For now, count on about 6 started of each tomato type, 6 of each pepper. Carrots directly seed start outdoors, so I will fill grow bags with them, later, probably End of April. The lettuce? I will probably rotate, as I do each year... with some seeds starting soon and grown for cutting, indoors, until it is warm enough to plant outdoors, too. Cukes, Zucchini, I will start indoors March 15th. The peas, will probably go outdoors directly mid April.
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2020... a wild and woolly year, if ever there was one. My entire industry (Special Events) was shut down on 13 March and hasn't been back yet. Personally, I am ok, but so many of my colleagues and friends are struggling with bills, paying for food and rent, medical and health insurance. I am hearing from clients, probably no work until about 4th quarter 2021.
To the animals and birds around me
to put more plants in than I take out
And be a good steward for the world around me!
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