Wow. It is a cold cold cold spring here in Seattle. Record cold and dark. Nearly 200 days of sub-70 degrees in a row. Only five days since January 1 without rain. Today is finally sunny, but there was a light frostiness on the ground this morning. All of us have been getting crabby, and drinking too much coffee, and despairing over our stunted little gardens. Everyone is also confused about our indoor seed starts–with overnight lows of 40-ish, we’re hesitant to plant out the little ones growing on the kitchen table. Here at The Tangled Nest, we’ve started the hardening off process, but until last night have still been bringing them in every evening. Which makes me very glad about the simplified seed-start watering system we tried this year–instead of lots of reused containers of varying shapes and sizes, covered with bits of plastic (power to that process–very DIY, and of course we support it in theory!), we decided to go more uniform. We took an awl and poked about five holes in dozens of little dixie cups (the plain, unwaxed paper kind), planted those with seeds, then placed them all in seed trays without drain holes, or rimmed baking sheets. Here they are, over a month ago:
To water, we just use a pitcher to fill the trays with about 1/2 an inch at a time, and the little dixie cup seed pots suck the water up. In the past, I misted seeds until I got tendinitis; this is SO much easier, and such a time saver. Since it’s still so cold out, we are continuing to start plants indoors that we would normally put straight in the ground, and I’ll keep using this method.
Meanwhile, the extra-cold spring garden is what it is. At least, talking to all the other Seattle gardeners, I know we’re not alone. The peas, which are supposed to cover up the bicycle trellis I only sort of like, are a full six inches shorter than they were this date last year.
How are you all coping with the cold spring?