Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Time to transplant

Thyme and marjoram
It's mid-February here in Michigan and the weather is cold and gloomy. Wind rushes across the big lake and brings us very cloudy winters. The sun made a rare appearance this afternoon and got me out to my greenhouse to reconcile the shelving problem. As you may recall...the shelves I had bought for this greenhouse collapsed in a heap - I've been limping them along until the new shelves came. The new shelves are a sturdy, stack-able poly made by Plano - in the USA as well. Assembled them today and put the flats back up on the shelves. Very nice and sturdy.

OC greenhouse - seedling bed
The heat in my greenhouse went up to 90 again today and I had to vent and turn off the heater. The sunshine sure does up the temperatures in there! The greenhouse at Vicki's place is still getting very cold - 20F - at night - no place for tender seedlings. No hope of getting another big greenhouse bed to start seedlings so we'll have to make do with the ones we've got. The peas will be finished cropping soon and they'll come out and free up more space. Will be moving some herbs to my greenhouse - so we can start another 10-15 flats of perennials and herbs.
Variegated cat grass - transplanted

Lupine baby
Catnip and cilantro

Cumin seedlings

Variegated cat grass
In Vicki's greenhouse, this Saturday we'll start sowing some seedling trays of cold-season vegetables for market sales. This Saturday Pam and I will also be transplanting a few of the seedlings - lupin, achillea, some herbs and dianthus are ready to go. Did you know this is what a cumin plant looks like? Me neither. They are a real surprise.

The transplanting and seeding season has really kicked into gear. Have to get ready for the first markets in April and trying to get to the Oakland County Market on Saturdays during March. Have been accepted to get into the Old Winery Farmers Market in Farmington for April - 4 Saturdays - Looking forward to it - It is supposed to be kind of an upscale market and screens applicants - unlike Armada which is a free for all. I think I like both kinds of markets - in the upscale one, you can count on good stuff being there, even though you have to pay a higher price. In the free-for-all kinds you'll find anything from soup to nuts and even the kitchen sink - yes, I've seen one at Armada! 

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