Tomato Cotyledons and Pruning Roses

They have their little seed leaves (tomato cotyledons) waving at me and are all reaching for the light. I am continuing to leave them on their heated mat until they are ready to pot up to the next level.

Greetings fellow gardeners,  

Spring? Sometimes weather happens. On Easter Monday I was able to putter about and even started my pruning chores. On Tuesday morning the temperature was dropping and there was snow. If you have bulbs blooming, don’t panic, as they will pull through.

  Grumpy crocuses

So, I am inside fussing with my plant stand and organizing seeds. I have to get my small business organized and as well the 2023 calendar which needs to be finished by June. Our Horticultural Society has also taken on a big project as well; we are rejuvenating a park, with an emphasis on using native plantings and plants for pollinators. That is going to be an ongoing project. My work at the farm garden will be starting up soon and I have my volunteer duties with the Master Gardeners including advice tables and talks.  I am enjoying this little snowy break.

I, like many of you, have been haunting my plant stand. Are the seeds up? Are they growing? What germinated and what did not? And the new plant stand protection has meant that nothing has been chewed by the too-many cats!

Encouraging Cotyledons

A Cotyledon is an embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants, one or more of which are the first leaves to appear from a germinating seed. (Thank you Oxford Dictionary!) I am happy to report that eight out of the nine varieties of tomatoes I planted have germinated. They have their little seed leaves (Tomato cotyledons) waving at me and are all reaching for the light.

I am continuing to leave tomato seed pots with their cute cotyledons on their heated mat until they are ready to pot up to the next level. In the daytime I remove the cover as they are strong enough to be exposed to the air. I put the cover back on at night as the heat is turned off. Each day I mist them with water and watch very carefully for any insects that might have been hiding in the soil, as well as watching for mold and the dreaded damping-off. If my seedlings have good airflow I should have no issues with damping-off. 

Indoor starter garden with seeds in many pot
  Seedlings are appearing

Pruning Roses

My next task is to prune all of my roses. The little buds are starting to appear so they will need to be pruned soon. I take out all of the dead branches and then check for airflow. Try not to take more than a third when you prune your roses. I also add a nice clump of compost around each rose to start them up and they will be put into my weekly feeding rotation when I start that in late May. 

A number of dead sticks and plant material need to be removed, but I don’t like to disturb any over-wintering creatures. I carefully place these materials in a pile and leave them until the end of May so any creatures living there will have a chance to emerge as they see fit. 

I am enjoying my little break and am grateful for the greenery of my scented geraniums. Spring is here, it is just shy.

  Cleo with scented geraniums

 Enjoy your week and watch that you don’t walk on your garden.  Judith

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