Growing Veg 2016/#3 – Seedlings & Herbs Update, Outside Prep Begins
I was born for this life. I can’t explain the joy it gives me, watching seeds grow into plants, then watching them flowering and fruiting. I have spent many happy hours watering and transplanting and already I am getting dividends. My herbs are on fire – I can barely keep up with them. My tomatoes are growing taller by the day and my cucumbers have begun to flower, giving me my first tiny cucumber of the season.
The days are warm and sunny now – between 12 and 15 degrees (54-59 ˚F), but am advised that they may dip again, so I am reluctant to start planting outdoors just yet. Last Wednesday when I bought my onion sets, the knowledgeable lady in the seed shop recommended that I wait one more week before planting. I’m not sure if this is lunar or weather-related advice, but I am more than happy to comply.
A few weeks back I planted 100 cups with fennel seeds. Fennel is one of my favourite vegetables but is very expensive here in Lithuania. I have never grown it before but I’ve been told it grows well here. However, it needs to be started indoors if you want decent-sized bulbs by the end of the season. All but four of my cups germinated. Thankfully a few had more than one seedling, so I transplanted a few to make back up to 100. If all of them mature I will have enough fennel to see me through the entire winter. I can’t wait to see how they develop.
This week we began our outside preparations for planting. Arūnas rotovated the vegetable plot, enlarging it to twice what we had last year. We also enlarged the salad bed, which is closer to the house and handy for grabbing leaves and herbs while cooking. We burned a tin of sulphur in the polytunnel to kill off any harmful fungi. It now needs to air for several days before being wiped clean. I can then hoe the beds, ready for planting.
Since the weather has been fine Arūnas has had an opportunity to work on our new chicken coop. It took us both a while to get over the loss of our entire flock last year. We are building a new, insulated coop where the chickens can stay year-round. I am hoping it will be ready within the next few weeks as I really miss having animals around the place.
I know planting seasons vary considerably from country to country (or even state to state) – I’d love to hear what stage you’re at and what vegetables you’re planning for this year.
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