I've been waiting for today. Farmers Almanac says today and tomrorrow are the two best days for starting seeds for flowers all month. I'm ready, just as soon as I put in 8 hours at my day job.
Yesterday, I spent a couple hours emptying all the quart sized pansies.
I broke up the rootballs, composted the green stuff, and screened the rest for nice fluffy soil.
I mixed it with my other screened soil to stretch it a bit, emptying out all the previously filled 2-liter bottles.
I refilled those and then some. I stopped when I ran out of soil.
But not before I refilled 224 quart sized containers.
If all goes well this evening, I'll have sown 360 containers of perennials and hardy, reseeding annuals. Closer to our last frost in April, I'll do the same with the remaining six inch pansy containers. I've got them sitting on a rack about 6' from the wood heater. Dry soil is easier to work with. I give them a week, at best.
It's 41 and cloudy. Last night, the National Weather Service had issued a Severe Weather Warning for NC, saying that temperatures over the next 7-14 days would likely be well below freezing for many hours at a time, including daylight hours. The warning seems to have been canceled this morning.
8:45pm - 117 containers are done.
I would have done more, but as I was searching for my seeds in the alphabetized folders I keep them in, I realized I was missing lots of labels for some seeds. I'm going to spend a few minutes going through them tonight before bed to determine what else needs to be sown. I have 19 two-liter containers left to sow. That'll give me 136 total. The 224 quarts will be sown using repeats and multiples for things I want to place in various parts of the yard, hopefully before work in the morning. The best part of sowing in the two-liter bottles is how many plants I can get out of each one. I sowed heavily and should be able to break each into 6-8 Hunks of Seedlings. The beds will be stuffed next year.
10:13pm - A total of 136 two liters have been sown. There were only 13 repeats, so 123 varieties of seed for next year's garden. I'm done for the night.