The weather was so unseasonably warm lately that it was difficult to resist the urge to plant something in the garden. This week, reality hit and I was reminded that it is MARCH in MAINE. Daytime temperatures reached 70˚F last Saturday then dropped to 48˚F on Sunday. The rest of the week was rainy/snowy and mostly in the 40s during the day and back to below freezing nighttime temperatures. Sheesh! Mother Nature is such a tease.
In reality, I am thankful for the extraordinarily warm weather we have had over the last few weeks. It motivated me to get out to the garden and prepare the beds for planting. It really felt good to play in the dirt.
Instead to feed my gardening urge, I am doting on the seedlings growing under lights in my basement. The soil blocks are so easy to move around and organize. I consolidated and grouped them together into three trays.
Here are some updated pictures of the seedlings.
Lettuce looks good enough to eat:
Onions are getting a haircut each week giving us our first harvest of the year:
Swiss Chard is looking colorful:
Dill are growing their true leaves:
A few weeks ago, I was attempting to harden off some spinach to plant in the SFG, but felt the weather was too harsh last week. So back under the lights for now:
I will begin hardening these spinach plants off again this week. I am going to need this shelf under the lights for the tomatoes and peppers soon.
I started the pepper seeds in soil blocks over the weekend and placed them on the heat mat:
I may need to pre-sprout my tomato seeds using EG of Our Engineered Garden's Germination Method as I am out of room on my heat mat right now. I am most excited about growing peppers and tomatoes from seed for the first time. So this next month should be fun.