Saturday, March 19, 2011

Seedlings, Snow, and a Meyer Lemon Tree?

     I was especially perturbed when I woke up to snow this morning. I had already started seeds last week, which was my official notice to Mother Nature that winter was over; apparently, she didn't get the message. Luckily, the snow didn't last and I can still see the top of one of my raised beds peeking through all that white.
     While I'm not so patiently waiting for my 32 peat pots to show signs of life, I am pleased to note that the Meyer lemon tree I received for Christmas has quite a few little flower buds on it. According to HHMS (Her Holiness Martha Stewart), I'll need a little paint brush in order to brush the inside of each flower to help pollination. Other than that, all focus is on the seedlings-to-be. I ended up using an organic seeds starter since compost was no where to be found and I'm a little stressed by the watering, as usual. You don't want to drown them, but you don't want to dry them out either. Also, it seems like every time I check they're still damp, even though I haven't watered them much. I think it may be because there isn't enough air circulation in the office, now gardening headquarters, so I'll have to leave the door open.
The Snuggler
     We usually keep it closed due to the fact that we have two Huskies, one of which has a penchant for any and all things mischievous. The last time I used a fish emulsion to fertilize the lemon tree, I caught him trying to lick soil out of the pot. He likes to do naughty things in the middle of the night when no one is awake to catch him, so hopefully I don't wake up to peat pots and soil strewn about the house tomorrow. Here's hoping.
The Mischievous One

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