Speaking of "in the garden", not too much is happening yet. I did give all the raised beds a good layer of compost, and added the 3'x4' lettuce bed (that gives me two of that size), and got it filled. The three rows of radishes that were planted on 3/12 began showing some green yesterday. Nothing yet from the potatoes, spinach, peas or lettuce, which are the only other seeds that have been planted directly in the garden. The onion plants and the pot of cilantro are showing a bit of growth, though the cilantro is suffering a bit from the cold nights. My rosemary, the one that traveled to Arizona for the winter and back, has been removed from its pot and planted into its permanent spot in the garden.
The raspberries are growing like crazy, and I have the strawberry bed completely weeded and cleaned up now. It was a job digging out all of the quack grass that had invaded the garden. It comes under the fence from the neighbor's vacant lot, and I can usually keep it away from my side of the fence if I keep right on top of it and get it out as soon as I see it creeping in. However, I had melon vines covering the ground all last summer, and the grass got a real good root system going before I discovered it was there. Of course, it grows from rhizomes, so every time I pull some out, it just breaks and will form more roots and more plants. I'm afraid the only way I'll be able to completely eradicate it will be to use the dreaded "R" word. Roundup does have its uses at times.
This is from the four little raspberry canes planted last spring. We had to pull the posts and brace them on the outsides of the bed, as they kept leaning in the soft garden soil. Now I need to find my paintbrush!
Many of my plants have germinated in the mini-greenhouse. In fact, I think I need a second mini to hold all that I want to start, as I've also had to drag out an old picnic cooler, and a 16" fluorescent light for it, as well as a 24" fixture for the broccoli and cabbage seedlings, besides the 4 double fixtures inside the mini.
The mini-greenhouse is overflowing, the shelf is beginning to bow. Yes, the lights are crooked for a reason...the cosmos are getting too darned tall! I've been turning the lights on at night, and off in the daytime. It's been in the 30s here at night, but the lights keep it around 75-80F. When they go off in the morning, the temperature drops down around 60F. There is a double plastic flap that drops down over the front to keep everything inside warm and toasty.
The overflow (cold resistant plants) stay outside of the mini, on the counter. Tomato seeds stay warm in the picnic cooler, with the light on 24 hours a day until they germinate.
So far, the seedlings growing are:
Dwarf Champion 3/4
Golden Dwarf Champion 3/4
Market Miracle 1/3
Angora Super Sweet 1/3
Black Cherry 1/3
Kellogg's Breakfast 6/6 (These were seeds I saved from a beautiful, big tomato from last year's garden. I wasn't convinced I could really be a seed saver, so I planted six seeds to see if any were viable. I guess they were, as all six germinated!)
None of the other 14 tomato varieties has yet germinated. All but the two Dwarf varieties were planted 5 days ago. The Dwarfs were planted nine days ago.
Golden Calwonder 7/8
Hungarian Wax 8/8
Quadrato Rosso D'Asti 13/16
Early Jalapeno 7/8
Paris Island Romaine 3/5
Little Gem 3/5
Red Sails 5/5
Red Romaine 5/5
Italian Large Leaf 5/5
Red Egg 2/3
De Cicco 2/4
Golden Acre 4/4
Red Acre 4/4
Alyssum, Carpet of Snow 18/18
Cosmos, Single Sensation Mixed 18/18 (need to be repotted!)
Hollyhock, Pink 1/6
Hollyhock, White 3/6
Marigold, My Saved Yellow 9/18 (I'm so happy this 2008 seed was still viable!)
Marigold, Petite Yellow 16/18
Shasta Daisy, Alaska 8/8
Sweet William, Tall Double Mixed 17/18
Tennessee Coneflower 1/18
Impatiens, Mixed Colors 5/100 (these came from a box of pelleted seeds in seed starting medium. Very disappointing if I only end up with five plants for $2.99, these were to be my main flowers around the patio and in containers)