It is 75 degrees Fahrenheit today. It’s been like this all week. I feel like every year I complain about it not being cool enough or not being warm enough but that’s kind of the norm, isn’t it? Some days are warmer than others. My garlic has been loving the weather. I hope that’s a good thing! I’m sure their roots are getting nice and established but I haven’t grown garlic before so I don’t know what’s going to happen to their tops once the really cold weather comes. Im in zone 8 so our winters are very mild compared to other areas, so it shouldn’t be too bad right??
Still no sign of life in the asperagus. I went ahead and bought asperagus seed so that I can start some from scratch just in case. It’ll take at least two or three years before I can eat those but so I’d rather start them sooner than later. My plan is to start them as soon as they come in and once the spring hits, I’ll see which (if any) crowns come up from the garden and plant these new babies in the place of the crowns that never came up. I’m crossing my fingers that at least 2 of the crowns (out of 15) survived. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
The blueberry bush has changed a little. I have no idea if it’s from the stress of being replanted or from the fall weather (even though it’s been warm the days are shorter obviously). Those pictures were taken 10 days apart and you can tell the leaves and new growth are more red and less green. It still seems healthy enough! I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll make it-I’d love to buy one less blueberry bush!
I wanted to see what would happen if I tried to grow tomatoes inside over the winter. On the internet, I’ve seen people who’ve done it… but you can find anything on the internet… What the heck, why not! I had some seeds that are on year 3 so I figured if I use those I won’t feel like I’m wasting anything it if fails.
I used 2 hybrids – Best Boy (which I actually really don’t like at all. The tomatoes were mealy and teeny tiny. Could have been my soil at the time I suppose… ) and Sweet 100s (sweet 100s are by far my favorite hybrid of all time. They are always the first to sprout, I’ve always had 100% germination all 3 years that I’ve used them, and the grow well into frost. These seeds are all you need during the zombie apocalypse I swear)
I didn’t want to use my heirlooms since in general they’re more difficult to grow and less hardy. I soaked them and put them each in one of those seed starting pellets. Usually I don’t use those but I didn’t have any seed starting mix left and I was too impatient to go to the store. I ended up putting the seed starting pellets in a large pot so that I didn’t have to transplant them. The less work, the better.
I planted them last Friday, which means it’s been 5 days. No sign of life yet. Usually the sweet 100s would have sprouted by now if they were under grow lights, but like I said both of the seeds I used are three years old. This waiting time between planting and sprouting is so hard!! It’s my least favorite part of gardening. I need instant gratification!
On the plus side one of my herbs have started growing! I didn’t label the pots since I know I can tell the difference between them when they actually get real leaves, but this is either thyme or oregano.
I can’t wait to have the house filled with plants again!