Welcoming a Wonderful Weekend

This has felt like the nicest weekend we’ve had since…well…since last fall! There hasn’t been a raindrop in site for at least 48 hours, temperatures have been in the 50s, and it’s been sunny from dawn to dusk.  Couldn’t ask for more!

We had several projects in mind for the weekend, but really only completed one: transplanting our day lilies from inside the cold frame. This proved quite a task as the ground was still quite soaked. Our clay-rich soil was wet to the core; so instead of digging the lilies out of the semi-dense ground, we dug them out of what turned out to be mud. And that mud got everywhere as the traipsed around the yard. There’s more rain in the forecast this week, for which we are glad if only to wash away all the muddy footprints we left behind.

The cold frame surrounded by the spouting day lilies.
The cold frame surrounded by the spouting day lilies.

As we may have previously mentioned, before our time in this house, someone decided to plant day lilies along the sides of the house and garage. Frankly, they could have planted one or two of the things as they spread like wildfire! During our first Spring here, we were happily greeted  with the unmistakable green fronds and orange flowers. Well, the spot for our new cold frame  was mad with newly-sprouting lilies, and we needed that space for our seedlings; so after plenty of work and digging, off they went to spots at the front of the house.

Last year, this circular bed in the front lawn held corn, which was summarily destroyed by the squirrels. This year, they can have all the fun they want with day lilies!
Last year, this circular bed in the front lawn held corn, which was summarily destroyed by the squirrels. This year, they can have all the fun they want with day lilies!
More lilies are now keeping a bunch of daffodils company in a bed on one side of the front entrance.
More lilies are now keeping a bunch of daffodils company in a bed on one side of the front entrance.
And lilies now live in what was a dead space in a bed on the other side of the front entrance.
And lilies now live in what was a dead space in a bed on the other side of the front entrance.

While a few might not survive the transplants, we’re sure that the majority of these hardy plants will.

Meanwhile, our seedlings remain indoors, and probably will for at least another week. We want to wait out more rain storms this week to see how wet and warm it gets in the frame before setting the tomatoes and peppers outside. Plus we’re keeping a pretty close eye on the extended forecast. Frost isn’t likely here at this time of year, but below freezing temps aren’t out of the question either.

Tray #1 tomatoes are looking so good!
Tray #2 tomatoes are looking so good!
Tray #2 peppers are slowly but surely coming along.
Tray #3 peppers are slowly but surely coming along. Sad that not a single 2nd gen. seed has germinated (2 empty rows). None probably will at this point.
Tray #4 tomatoes and ground cherries are also doing quite well.
Tray #4 tomatoes and ground cherries are also doing quite well.
All the things from Tray #1 (greens, broccoli) are now in small cups. Giving them more room to spread out as been great for them.
All the things from Tray #1 (greens, broccoli) are now in small cups. Giving them more room to spread out as been great for them.
More temporary homes for Tray #1 items.
More temporary homes for Tray #1 items.
And the rest of Tray #1 in new homes.
And the rest of Tray #1 in new homes.

Forgot to get a picture of the basil seedlings this week, but it’s managing just fine.

Next weekend’s plans include plenty of soil-turning, so hopefully Mother nature will cooperate!

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