Wow, what wacky weather. Last week we were having 60 degree weather and all was looking very springish. I even planted out all my viable cucumber seedlings, under cover of course. Well, here it is 7 days later and my remote themometer tels me it is currently 40 degrees under that same cover. My fear now is not that it will kill the cuke seedlings, but that it will stunt them into crappy production. My plan was for 8 SF of cukes (16 plants) taking up the trellis space from beds #1 and #2. I am not doing beans again this year. If the previous seedlings don't survive, then these...
... seven cuke seedlings that were going to fill in more of the 8 SF that I couldn't plant before, will replace them come early May once the threat of frost is over for the season.
You may be asking why only 7 more instead of the 10-15 I need to fully plant the bed. Well, these 7 soil blocks are what I've got left from my last seed starting session over a month ago. Recall that I had extras that wouldn't fit in my seedling tray, so I froze them. A few days ago I took them out of the freezer and thawed them for a few hours. Then I hydrated them and planted these cuke seeds.
Now they reside on the top of the fridge with the clay pot that my wife picked out that has a few stevia seeds germinating. Of course since the moment of confustion where I couldn't tell what was a stevia seedling and what wasn't, and therefore replanted from scratch, I found them. Thanks to SB158's comment a few days ago, I now know what a stevia seedling looks like. Sure enough, all four of them are still hanging out in the near-empty seedling tray.
This shot is a bit dated now (about four days old), but the green seedlings in soil blocks are the stevia. It's now clear that they look like SB's seedling, only much smaller. Oh my goodness they grow slow. I sure hope they take off in the spring and summer, because at this rate it'll be a few years before I can harvest off them, hehe. If that's the case maybe I want more than one. I just remember Judy's comments that hers got 3 feet tall in no time. Ah, the joys of our different 8b zones, hehe.
Lastly, thanks for dropping by if you're here from one of the many links from Stumbledupon and TipNut. Who knew those sites did all that. Hope you enjoyed yourself and would consider coming back. Trust me, things are just now heating up! You don't want to miss this season's garden adventure! hehe
Enjoy your garden!