Thursday, May 1, 2014
Rain gauge - 2.5" total. April total was 6". At least it wasn't SNOW!
The sprouts have been in and out of the sunroom lately and today is an OUT day.
I've put the tomato sprouts into individual cups yesterday and today I will transplant the Red Robin pot tomatoes from cups to final pots. They are covered in blooms and a couple have set tomatoes.
None of my saved marigold seeds sprouted this year, so a couple weeks ago I sprang for a fresh pack of dwarf French marigolds. There were about 100 seeds. Within 5 days I'd say ALL of them sprouted! Gonna have to thin those when they get some true leaves.
After sowing 4 whole packs (about 14-15 seeds/pk), I now have 48 Zahara zins. I really baby those things. They are pricey little guys due to few seeds and only 80-85% germination rate.
While we are consistently 'enjoying' temps lower than average, at least the nights are mostly out of the 30s. Traditionally our last frost date is May 18. We'll see how that goes. I'll probably planting out late this year, just to give the soil extra time to warm up. Planting out in cool soil just sets everything back. I've learned the hard way on that.
Finally, a real surprise. I saw a rose-breasted grossbeak at the feeder. The pic is through a smeared window, but it's still a nice shot.