Seed starting went amazingly well, until my sprouted seeds seemed to just stall for eternity. I had Googled what other peoples little fledgling plants looked like at 5 weeks old and sighed at my 1/4″ tall basil… Turns out they needed magic juice; also known as fish emulsion.
Based on the recommendation of my super serious gardening sister-in-law, I promptly ran to the store to pick up a stash of this seedling magic. After treating my seeds with it they were noticeably bigger, almost shockingly so. I went ahead and mixed almost four gallons and treated a lot of plants in my yard, including my lame sweet peas that were taking their sweet pea time. Once the fish fertilizer was applied- bam, plant steroids.
Sweet peas almost 3 weeks after planting:
Sweet peas two days after fish emulsion:
All of my indoor seedlings look so much better as well, especially the basil, which I am told is a “heavy feeder”. You can see my pewny basil plants in the upper right corner below.
The seedlings below are mostly alyssum plants. The empty cells are because I decided to give them some “fresh air” on a windy Colorado day and accidentally killed some. Lesson learned: seedlings don’t appreciate fresh air as much as I do. I *may have also turned my tomato plants purple at this time, which apparently is a sign of stress. Whoops.. Purple tomato plants = bad, even if they are named Cherokee Purple.
Preparing for planting
Our last frost date is May 10th, so I’m excited to start planting outdoors soon. I plan to use the fish emulsion again when I plant things outdoors, especially the tomatoes. For now my mission is to tackle our wacky and unfortunately common Spring snow storm. This year’s snow is more frustrating because we’ve had such a warm Spring and many plants are fairly established. My roses have already started budding out. Plan of defense: tomato cages and sheets…
I also covered up my raised bed again, because my Spring veggies (carrots, lettuce, and broccoli) probably won’t appreciate a hard freeze. You can see a blue sheet in the background covering my foxtail lilies. I’ll be super sad if those flower stalks freeze off since this is the first year I’ve had them.
Gardening in Colorado
Colorado’s climate always presents a unique adventure, but I still enjoy this hobby. I may have a different opinion once this storm passes, but hopefully my sheets will prevail. Next Friday is set to be sunny and eighty degrees and hopefully there will be no more snow.