Spring is definitely here in the Austin area! When my mom was visiting a couple of weeks ago, we visited the botanical gardens. There were a few things blooming, but not many. I may just have to go back next weekend just to see how much more is in bloom. I can tell how much greener things have become just from our walk we went on last night. I also picked some wild flowers too just to add some color to the house.
Remember a couple of months back when I showed you how I started my vegetables from seed? Well, they sprouted, and have been growing strong ever since. I had a few tomatoes die off, but I usually do every year. For some reason, tomatoes are really hard for me to get a good crop from seed.
Last weekend and into early in the week, I started hardening off the tomato and pepper seedlings. I did it over about 5 days, each day letting them sit outside a little bit longer than the previous day. It worked out really great. Friday night I got home around 5:30 and it was still pretty warm, so I set them out on my covered patio for about 2.5 hours, until the sun went down. Then Saturday I got home around 2 and set them outside, still under the protection of the patio, for about 5 hours. Sunday, they sat out most of the day, still under the covered patio. Then Monday, I set them outside, and in the sun that evening, and decided they were strong enough to stay out all night. It was a pretty mild night, or else I would have brought them in again. They did great! So they’ve been outside ever since. I planted them in their new homes Wednesday evening, and they couldn’t be happier!
Of course, yesterday and today have been kind of on the chilly side, with a high today of only 66. I was worried they might start to get droopy, but we had a light rain shower and that seemed to make them even happier! Hardening off seedling always worries me, because after all of that effort of planting them, and watering, and baby-ing can all come to a screeching halt when you start to transition them to outdoors. Last year most of my tomatoes died off and a few of my peppers. Probably because I rushed the process. Luckily they love the warm climate here and it’s not cold at night.
I planted some Lettuce, Spinach, onions, garlic, and herbs 3 weeks ago and they are all sprouted and looking great! Lettuce and Spinach you want to plant early because the leaves wilt in the sun. Since I am using containers I can control how much direct sunlight they get though, so once the area they are in starts to get that hot afternoon sun, I can just move them to another spot on the yard that doesn’t! I think I may like this whole container gardening thing 😉
Anyway, I thought I would share some pictures so you could see how far along the garden is. That way, for my northern readers, you can get a little fix of green growing things. I know it’s still been cold and wet up there!
I’ll keep up with the updates as the season progresses!