Thursday, January 29, 2009

Starting seeds and transplanting

It's 36 degrees and sunny. Yes, sunny. Finally. It was 28 overnight with a high in the mid 50s forecast.

I sowed some seeds on the bottom heat contraption this morning. Yvonne's salvia, double yellow datura, buddelia 'white profusion', and an impatien mix I got from a trade. I'm starting these early so that I can use the aerochamber to propagate more in the spring. Some may be sold in the plant sale this year. Others will be used to fill in the bare spots between perennials that won't bloom their first year.

I'm also transplanting some of the willow that's been sitting in a glass with water for the past few days. The roots are large enough to move to soil on 4 or 5 of the cuttings. I want to get them into soil sooner rather than later to avoid transplant shock.

The rest of the day is up for grabs. I need to work on a cover letter for a job I intend to apply for early in the morning. I need to feed the compost bin and might even turn it over. I also want to transplant some of the cool weather crops like cabbage that have germinated in the hoophouse.

Two cups of coffee down and I'm thinking I need another. Still waiting on answers from the new client regarding his project. He's waiting on the higher-ups. In any case, I intend to put my hands in some outdoor dirt today.


Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

How have you set up your bottom heat "contraption". I'm really wanting to get something set up, as well as my winter sowing.
Good luck with the job.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Bottom Heat

That's how I built mine. I ended up using two sets of rope light instead of one. Color doesn't matter, you're only using it for heat.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

If that link doesn't work for you, look in the TAGS on the right for "bottom heat". It will be the last post at the bottom.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't look too difficult. Just how I like projects. Thanks