As usual, the flip into transplanting time brings a whirl of activity.
And also as usual, it began in the midst of Flower time,
so after sowing more lupine and nasturtium seeds
to befriend the lupine seedlings happily growing
(& thank you Marmalade for planting the lupines),
I began transplanting all the remaining flower seedlings:
three calendulas, four sweet peas, forty pink oxalis bulbs that sprouted,
and eleven sunflowers (most of which went to befriend the watermelons).
I also repotted our Christmas cactus, upgrading it to a terra cotta planter;
and we transplanted an agave to make room for the last two watermelons,
as it had been planted down by the pond by the previous owners,
in a place that is too wet, too shady, and too cold for an agave,
especially during the winter months.
The watermelons should do fine there,
and are ready to be transplanted during the upcoming Fruit time,
along with almost everything else:
28 strawberry popcorn seedlings,
26 hokkaido squash seedlings,
and eight beans for Horta Nova;
nine chickpeas, which will now go into the garden,
and three yellow popcorn seedlings, which will go in by the tomatillos.
It will be a Fruit trine during the Leo Fruit time, so perfect for fruits and seeds.
And sowing more amaranth seeds, perhaps around the chickpeas.
I still have four orange bell pepper seedlings,
and two more Mexican cucumber seedlings,
which will all get transplanted into the garden,
but I doubt I’ll have the time during this Fruit time.
Luckily, they still have room in their little flowerpots,
and since they’re not “seed” crops (unlike corn & beans)
they should be fine waiting until the Sagittarius Fruit time next week.
This Fruit trine I’ll also be harvesting the mustard seeds,
which will give more light to the cauliflower and remaining broccoli.
Saturday is a Root trine, on a Root day, so extremely favorable for root crops.
I plan to harvest all the French breakfast radish seed pods,
some of the potatoes, and more beets for baking beet chips.
Overall, it’s kind of a transition time in the garden,
most of the winter crops are coming out
to make way for the summer seedlings.
“How are these other plantings doing?” you ask.
Getting bigger, with two healthy blue ballet squash and tons of flowers
with little Mexican cucumbers on the vine, a little watermelon,
lots of little Stupice tomatoes and some cherry tomatoes, too.
The sugar snap peas are still flowering and pea-ing.
And the yellow bush beans have tons of flower buds.
The red amaranth and quinoa sprouts are getting taller and leafier.
So is the red leaf lettuce.
And the sunflowers are getting huge!
In the backyard, the maracuja is still flowering daily,
dozens of flower buds forming on each vibrant tendril.
And the previous transplanting of nasturtiums have all begun to bloom,
including the one over Nutella’s grave,
which is kind of bittersweet.
She is remembered.