We have peas!
Okay, okay. So they’re itty bitty pea seedlings at this point, but still, how nice!
After writing our last post, we moved some of the leaf cover off of the spots where we planted the peas. We didn’t to take off all the leaves, lest the local squirrels get too curious, so we left a thin layer of them covering the soil. Lo and behold, it just might have helped the little little guys get just enough sun. And though it’s been a little rainy of late, an extra watering was needed. Now we just have to wait and see if the pea seedlings get any larger.
It bears mentioning that there are only two pictures, and recall that we planted them in three barrels. The straggler is the barrel with the sugar snap peas. The ones making a showing here are the snow and garden varieties. (In the past, we had good luck with snow peas, especially.)
In terms of our other seedlings, it’s been nice enough out that we’ve been able to let them outside, so to speak. 🙂
While we’ve not been able to put the seedlings out on each and every day, we have been able to get them out during a number of sunny afternoons. With summer-like (and potentially record-breaking) temps approaching later in the week, as awful as that sounds for us, it’ll be a prime time for these guys to get some sunny super warmth. In fact, if we can get our act together and prep all the beds where we want to plant tomatoes, some of them might just get transplanted this weekend! Things are looks quite promising on that front, plus, we’ll likely get the lawn mower out too, because the yard is in need of its first general manicure of the year.
So yeah, about those 80+ degree days that are on the horizon…having a warm up after the generally chilly days of the past couple weeks sounds nice in principle, but we’ve been fooled in the past. We’d like very much to get some, if not most of the tomato seedlings outside this coming weekend, especially since we’re supposed to hit our last frost day on May 5th. But Mother Nature likes her curveballs, so it’s hard to know now, even with extended forecasts and such, if we won’t go through a cold snap after we transplant the seedlings. It’s always a risk, trying to get a jump on the season, and we’re not yet sure if it’ll be worth it. The nice things is that our tomato seedlings are much stranger than ever before, so maybe they’ll have a better chance should the temps take a dive? Sometimes gardening seems to consist of too many questions and not enough answers.