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March 10, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
What is a gardener to do in the month of March in this kind of weather? Other than assemble material for an ark. A few days ago I was full of enthusiasm as the sun was shining, the temperature spring-like and green shoots popping up everywhere. Now all there is is a sea of mud with mini-ponds everywhere and forlorn daffodil spikes trying to keep their heads above water I am sure there is a lot of activity going on below ground, with roots pushing out and soaking up all this moisture. But we could certainly use a little sunlight to encourage things we can see. The crocus shoots have gone from yellow to green, which is a good sign, but nothing much is happening to the perennials such as bleeding heart which should be showing up by now. I guess it is a lesson in patience. Things are going well indoors. Most of my 300 plus seedlings germinated and are growing well. The only petunias I start from seed are the Dolcissima variety in two colors, flambe and fragolino which are shades of pink and dark red, and very unusual. I share them with several friends, and use a lot myself in containers as well as the front window box. They only germinated about 50% and so I have reordered a couple of packets, as well as some violet impatiens that was not 100%. As soon as they arrive I will get them settled in their peat pellets, and that will about fill the spaces under lights to the maximum. Every year I get another light bar, but I am running out of space. The basement workbench is full to capacity, and I have pans of seeds on top of the bread box on the kitchen counter. I am certainly ready to move outside and get started on the clean-up, but first I will have to get some waders.
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