I had a glorious day off yesterday. I did absolutely nothing. I’ve been fighting off this cold/flu thing that is going around, never quite getting it, just feeling that completely run down feeling that comes right before it. Yesterday, I gave in and just let myself feel sick, lazed around in bed all day, and drank the best tea on earth. I am feeling a bit better today, which is good since I have work.
I am going to have to transplant my little seedlings into different containers. I used the all natural peat planting cells, which are great, but they have gotten fuzzy on the bottom and I think it is affecting my plants. Some of my Munstead Lavender seedlings have started to wither, with a few of them giving up and just laying down.
The upside is that I have about a million empty water bottles in the recycle bin, which means I can cut them in half and use the bottoms to transplant the individual seed cells into. Delicate work, but I think I can manage it without killing everything off. It would be sad, but should the seedlings all die as a result of this transplant, it’s still early enough to start over. I really hope I don’t have to.
I have two new Borage seedlings. I’m really excited about this. I love Borage, It is such a great bee attractant, to the extent that dead heading spent flowers requires calm, careful execution and the ability to just be ok with bees being right next to your hands. They are so worth the risk of being stung, though, and beautiful to boot. I love their lackadaisical, somewhat droopy structure tipped with rows of flowers.
The catnip still hasn’t done anything. I was really hoping to get some plants out of the seeds from my old plants. I have had to come to terms with the fact that just isn’t going to happen. I’ll be ordering some organic catnip seeds this week to get the process re-started. Eternally hopeful, I will end up placing the tray of my catnip seeds outside someplace (I haven’t picked a spot yet) in case they decide later on to grow.
I am going to need to mix up some bug spray for my two Hollyhocks. The poor things are being eaten alive. One is much bigger than the other, with deeper green leaves, but riddled with pock marks from bugs. The smaller one is only an inch or so from the ground, with no much in the way of leaves, and obviously has been being eaten by something. This smaller Hollyhock was the smaller of the two last year, their beginning year, and has struggled to stay alive. Slug bait (ground up egg shells) would be a good idea, as well. I’m excited to see these bloom this year, though I may only get the larger on to do so. We shall see.
So, nothing exciting going on here. The weather is supposed to get up to the upper 50’s today (YAY!). At this point, I have Thursday-Sunday off this week, though that could always change, and, financially, I am sort of hoping it does. Should these days remain open, I will be renting a rototiller to prepare my garden plot so it is ready for planting in about a month or so. (Spring is only 32 days away!!!) I’m so excited to get this process going!
Have a wonderful day, Everyone!!!