I took a deep breath and inhaled the fragrance of spring. Everything seemed so alive with the bees buzzing among the blooms, the birds singing and darting from tree to tree, and the light breezes that flowed gently through the newly emerged leaves. For once I looked around and saw the beauty of the yard instead of all the work that still needed to be completed.
The seedlings have been enjoying some outdoor time this week. The weather has worked right to my advantage. It has been a mixed bag of a little sun, a bit of wind, and periods of overcast and rainy weather. Temperatures have been up and down too. This will allow the transplants to acclimate to the real world fluctuations.
I've been watching the weather carefully and nights are still pretty chilly, so the seedlings were shuffled back inside in the evening.
The coops progress is ongoing. Between rainy weather, K and I began measuring and cutting the window frames and trim. We gave everything a coat of paint then began nailing and screwing the pieces into place.
The chicks will be here on Friday, May 24th. A brooder was set up using a large tote. An opening in the cover was cut out and replaced with hardware cloth. A heat lamp is attached securely on a light stand that can be raised up to adjust the temperature.
This should work for a little while until the chicks need more room to spread their wings. I plan on building a larger brooder in the next few weeks.
Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional time for gardeners in my area to "Get the Garden In." However according to accuweather.com, I may need to wait a week because temperatures are predicted to only be in the high 30s overnight.
Tomato roots will not grow or provide nutrients to the plant at soil temperatures of 50°F or below. Peppers will sulk and may even lose their leaves. Over the years, I have learned to be patient when transplanting peppers, eggplant, and tomato seedlings to the garden. The cold nights can stunt their growth if transplanted too soon. Mulching with black plastic solar mulch can help warm the soil and retain heat. Still, I will need to measure the soil temperature and wait until it is safe to transplant.