Tomorrow I plant potatoes. I hope you don't have to have sprouted eyes to plant them. I've heard it's not necessary, but I wonder. The weather's supposed to be mid 50s and mostly sunny, followed Sunday by rain, not showers, but rain, so I don't have to worry about the potatoes getting enough water, hehe. But the Easter Bunny's fur is going to get wet and matted. Note to self, bring rain gear for the kids.
I just read that chill hours is the number of hours below 45 degrees. I'm not sure what that all refers to, but if you're counting hours, we've got to be in the thousands right now. It's been under 45 for several days now. I bet that's why my garden hasn't sprouted. Or maybe I planted the seeds too deep. I just poked my finger in and had my son drop a seed or two. I didn't measure. Maybe I should have.
WHOOOOT! I went outside for the first time in two days and I found 10 radish sprouts! Yay! I must say I was really getting discouraged. Nothing else sprouted and I found a dead worm in one of my pea squares. I have NO idea what's wrong with them. Maybe they were sick when I got them. I sure hope my "dirt" is ok.
I got worried when I saw the worm and varying health of my transplanted seedlings. I could just see it being the compost, or the vermiculite, or whatever and needing to replace 6.5 yards of material. See what an active mind on a novice gardener can do to you? And they say this is relaxing. Hehe. It is, just not when you're used to things happening much faster than they go when asking plants to grow.
Do experienced gardeners every run into this kind of anxiety? I sure hope not, because it would give me something to look forward to in a few years.
Late night addition:
I was shutting down for the night and decided to check the weather for tomorrow because it can literally change overnight on the coast here. It's 41 now, feels like 37. Oh crap, it has a low for the night of 32. I get a flashback to Judy's late-night insomnia weeks ago when she was panicked that it would freeze with her fragile seedlings outside in the cold.
I've got two SF of seedling spinach, two cauliflower, one broccoli and one SF of radish seedlings in three separate beds. Should I run out at 11 pm and cover them with my nifty coldframe windows, or risk it not getting there or having the cool-weather seedlings survive the freeze?
What I did was err on the side of caution and go out and place a 9 oz cloudy translucent plastic cup (that I used to pot up my seedlings), with holes in the top, over the single broccoli seedling in my middle bed. Then I pulled out a 2x3 window and placed it over my 3x5 bed, covering the fragile new radish sprouts. Finally, I took a 4x5 coldframe and placed it at an angle over my second largest bed to cover the corner and the square on the other side where I transplanted the spinach seedlings. The frame also covered the cauliflower seedlings and rested comforably on the carrot plank.
Maybe it saved my seedlings, maybe it was too late for any heat to be trapped under the windows, and maybe it wouldn't have mattered one way or another. Only time and will tell. Gotta love late March prior to the Last Spring Frost...
Now I'm going to bed.