Celebrating… because there is nothing better to do on a snowy February Day.
Fennel might be happier if you direct seed it when you plant peas. But the Almighty has said, …let them (man) have dominion over… all the earth… Genesis 1:26 so, in a spirit of dominion over the earth that I am a steward of, I am forcing some fennel in soil blocks, late in February.
Starting fennel in the green house. Fennel will not be happy if you disturb her roots. Remember that when you choose a starting pot. I use soil blocks. What ever you choose, it should be 1.5 to 2 inches deep.
- Plant 3 seeds per block, one-fourth inch deep. Cover seeds with vermiculite. (thin to one per block or pot)
- Fennel likes a minimum temperature of 60 degrees F to sprout (90 maximum)
- Keep them in the dark, they have better germination without light
- Seedlings will sprout in 7 to 14 days under ideal conditions.
- When the seedlings are 3 to 4 inches tall they should be planted in the garden. This early in Everett, Washington, they will be put under a cold-frame. They can also be transferred to a large pot and allowed to grow in the greenhouse.
This little light of mine. I like my old candle lantern for keeping the chill out of the greenhouse. We were snowed on today (February 18, 2018) and have been warned that night temperatures will get down to 23 degrees F or even lower. These old candle lanterns will burn for 10 hours and put out significant heat. I really need to buy another clay pot to put over it, but this will do for now.
Today in Everett The barometer took a dive. All those rain clouds parted and baby it’s cold outside! 40/21 (21!) with light winds from the Fraser Valley up north. No rain, just snow. Sunrise at 7:11 AM, 10 hours and 25 minutes later the sun sets at 5:37 PM.
Debs… who will be bringing trays of seedlings into the kitchen for the night.
Tomorrow, #NTin2018 is Mark chapter 8