The moon is in the right phase for planting up to the 10th according to my Farmer’s Almanac, so I had to get a bit done over the weekend. DH has set up a grow light for me in the basement, and donated some of his workbench space there so I can once again make an attempt to get some decent tomatoes, and a head start on the flowers for the veranda. Before we get started with digging in the dirt, here is the bud on the amaryllis. It continues to make slow progress towards a flower again this year.
The African violets in the kitchen continue to do well in their new pots. See how tall the amaryllis is getting! This will be the fourth year it has bloomed. I put a stake in the pot and loosely draped a selvedge around it to give it some support if it starts to lean. Most years it stands just fine on its own. This way if it starts to fall over, it is protected from damage.
This year I am starting some seeds in the pots I plan to keep them in, so no transplant shock. I found these two urn shaped pots at the thrift store. I think they will look great on either side of the front door. I plan to put johnny jump-ups in them. They are only about 2 feet tall.
Warm days over the weekend made it nice to fill pots with soil outside. Once again, I did coffee filters in the bottom.
I plan a small herb garden in the ceramic pots, and I want to start those seeds now too.
I had to dig out some trays to catch the water, and make sure I had enough of them.
Then DH did pack-mule duty and helped to carry all of it down to the basement. I planted seeds in all of them. This year I hope I have solved my labeling issue, every year I seem to mess this up. This year I dug out some leftover plastic knives from my picnic supplies and wrote the plants on them with a sharpie pen. Let’s hope this time I’ll still be able to read them in two months.
Last year I put some seeds out in the garden after the last frost for a hummingbird vine. The seeds were sent to me by long time reader, Mary. I do not know what happened to them, but I suspect that I forgot they were there and pulled them up as weeds. This year I put them in the large clay pot on the left, and Mary, I promise that I won’t pull them up as weeds this year. She also sent me some Meyer Lemon seeds, and I’ll try those a bit later in a larger pot.
And lastly, I am still enjoying the gorgeous white roses DH brought me over a week ago. Aren’t they beautiful?! They have such a lovely fragrance too.
Here are a couple of close shots, just perfect flowers.
I found this lovely white planter at the thrift store, but didn’t plant anything in it now. I want to put flowers in it and I ran out of seeds. But I’ll get some for planting later in the week.
Oh, and I found this garden themed goodie too. Not sure what I will do with it, the holes in the sides make it unsuitable for planting. It might end up on a table at some point.
If you have a spot for indoor above-ground crop seed starting, now is the time for February, up to the 10th when the moon reaches its fullest point. Are you planning your garden or starting seeds now?