It’s finally that time, we are going to harden off our plants. Quick recap on this process: hardening off is the process of slowly exposing the germinated seedlings to the elements in the week leading up to planting them. We started with 1 hour on Saturday, 2 hours on Sunday, 3 hours today (Monday) and will eventually have them outside up to 8+ hours by Sunday (when we plant).
As we prepared to harden off our garden plants it really started to dawn on me how much we’ve learned. Here is just a quick list: 1. Onions do not germinate well 2. Peat pots grow mold 3. Pepper seeds like warm soil 4. Avoid leggy seedlings by giving them more sun 5. I don’t know what the lesson is yet but it will have something to do with being able to germinate lavender 6. Thirty six tomato plants are too many and 7. Do not buy seeds that need to be planted earlier than you can till the garden.
I’m sure there are more lessons in there and I didn’t even mention the bees (which I will explain in another post).
Saturday was an exciting day in terms of the garden. For weeks we’ve just been giving them water and watching them grow. It was finally time to do something different (although transplanting them was something different I guess). We took all of the plants off the shelf in the dining room, gently rolled the shelf to the garage and placed them back on the shelf outside.
Do you see what I see? All I see when I look at this is droopy tomato plants. Those things are SO BIG! I had to take some photos with them. Lesson 8. do not plant tomatoes seeds too early.