Ok, maybe farm is the wrong word…the only livestock down here is of the eight-legged variety. You get the idea.
Everyone seems to be overwintering well under the lights. The scented geraniums have just gotten a second haircut. A myrtle seedling that I thought was a goner has some strong regrowth on it.
And, look at this:
Not only is the Rosemary Not Dead, it has new growth…
I’m going to take this as a good omen. If I can manage to keep one of these alive all winter, then the gardening season to come is going to be a breeze!
(No need to poke holes in my fantasy…February is brutal enough.)
I also decided it was time to put a few seeds in some dirt.
I’ve used these self-watering starters off and on for a few years. They’re really good for shallow-rooted things, like bedding plants and basil. The seedling tray sits on top of a reservoir, and a fabric mat wicks the water up to the soil. There’s a water level indicator to tell you when to fill it up again. The seedlings stay perfectly moist, all the time. (As long as someone doesn’t get too complacent and forget to check them for a week…)
They’re a bit expensive to start, but they last for years. My oldest ones are going into their sixth spring, and showing no signs of wearing out. These came from Lee Valley Tools, but most suppliers have a version of them now.
So, what are we growing?
Pansies and basil. The pansies will be ready to go outside in April – by Easter, with any luck. The basil might not ever make it past the kitchen, but the sheer delight of smelling it will help lift the pall of late winter.