Thursday, May 19, 2011

Warming a cold spring

This year is one of the coldest springs on record in the Pacific Northwest. Last year was a wet and cool spring as well, and I had hoped for better this year. Thankfully, I have a few tricks to warm things up and get my seeds sprouted and growing despite the chilly reception.

Barely two weeks ago, I planted a few rows of green beans under a row of "Gro-Therm" perforated plastic film. As a bit of a test, I transplanted three week old green bean starts at the same time. The beans that I direct seeded outside are now almost the same size. Next year, I won't bother starting beans inside, since direct seeding works so well with the Gro-Therm.

My zucchini seed has sprouted in its plastic bottle home. I leave the cap off of the bottle so that the little guy won't cook on a warm day.

Today was the first day of the year that I added spinach, lettuce and beet thinnings to my salad for dinner. I also added some mint leaves, which by the looks of it, I will be doing battle with this year. Those little buggers are popping up everywhere!

How is your garden growing this year? Any hints to share for a cold spring?

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