One of the first things I do in the morning is check on the seedlings, turn on the lights, and do any tending they might need.
The newly transplanted and potted up plants seem to be doing very well – with one possible exception.
The Wonderberry we have left from the first planting is just too big for the top of the mini greenhouse.
I mean, look at this beast! It’s getting huge!
And what’s that I see???
Yup. Those are flower buds!!
I planted these really early, after doing some online research, but it seems it was too early.
So what do I do with the poor thing? We can’t leave it out, or the cats will destroy it.
The only safe place for it is in the sun room.
Yeah. It’s too big for the shelve space, too.
There was only one thing left to do.
I now have it sitting in the window on the other side of the door, which is a pair of smaller windows with a shelf in between. It’s actually a great spot for a plant like this. The problem is mostly the temperature, though it also gets less light. In the other shelf, there is at least the lights provide a bit of warmth. This spot is too far away for that to be any help.
I don’t think the sun room dipped below freezing last night. When I first looked in, in the morning, it was at about 8C/46F, but I expect it to get above 20C/68F in there as the day warms up. However, we’re supposed to start cooking down again, with a high of -5C/23F by Thursday – and more snow on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Southern parts of the province are even getting weather alerts, as a Colorado Low swoops in, potentially bringing as much as 20cm/8in of snow. That, in turn, is leading to flooding alerts in regions to the North.
None of which is anywhere near us, but we’ll still be affected by the system with cooler temperatures and more snow.
At least the current warm weather is reducing the amount of snow we have now, so if we do end up with more, it’s not going to be as much of an issue.
The receding snow is starting to reveal that we are going to be picking up quite a lot of fairly large branches, once we’re able to do the spring yard cleanup.
The new beds along the chain link fence are now clear of snow, including the asparagus bed. Which, unfortunately, has a lot of grass and weeds already starting to grow. There’s less than half an inch of thawed soil on the top, but that’s enough for the weeds.
There was a surprise, though.
There are onions growing!
We had transplanted the tiniest of seedlings around the asparagus bed last year, mostly because I didn’t want to toss them. They established themselves, but hardly grew at all, and we just left them. Even when cleaning up in the fall, we just let them be.
I found about 8 or 10 of them, starting to grow!
It should be interesting to see how they do. As this would be their second year, if we leave them, they should go to seed.
Speaking of onions and seeds, the seedlings we moved to the sun room seem to be doing rather well.
In fact, I think they’re actually perking up and getting stronger. Well. Maybe not the shallots. It’s really hard to tell with what’s left of those! But the red and yellow onions seem to be getting bigger and stronger.
We might have something to transplant, after all!
I might still get sets, though. In this household, we just can’t really have too many onions! 😀