The broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage transplants popped fast in their 75 degree room under the shop light! I’ve been watering with a spray bottle in the morning and at night to be careful with the tender little plants. It’s been almost 3 weeks since I planted so they are almost ready to start being hardened off.
Hardening off means I need to expose them to lower temperatures and slowly expose them to sun, wind and rain. Luckily we have a sunroom on the outside of the house that allows me to keep them warmer while still getting them exposed to more sun and lower temps. It can take up to 2 weeks before they tolerate full sun and thunderstorms.
There are still a lot transplants to go, but I need to stagger seeding them based on best outside planting dates. The celery has the longest germination time so I’m still waiting for them to get bigger. The herbs take a lot longer and are just now starting to come up. My favorite tomatoes and peppers will probably be started in 2 weeks.
Unfortunately there is snow predicted for the weekend and it’s going to put a dent in not only the hardening off and bed prep, but also a threat to the fruit trees which are just starting to blossom!
Wish us luck!