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Transitioning

April 11, 2010
The Hardening

The Hardening

It’s something I’ve never quite mastered – the transition from cozy interior to harsh exterior.  I don’t have a greenhouse or a cold frame.  My plans to harden off seedlings have always been a few hours each day for a few days, extending the length of time they’re outside each day until I lose patience on day 4 or 5 and just put them in the ground.  I decided today was the day for spinach, kale, broccoli and lettuce.  In they went.  My new row cover fabric will go over the bed at night.  We’re still getting down to high 30s to mid-40s at night.  Beets will go in at the end of the week, as well as some peas.

In the meantime, I am enjoying the random spring stuff popping up.

Hyacinth

Spring Flowers

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    April 11, 2010 8:17 PM

    Very exciting! It this your first year for broccoli? I’m interested to see that as it grows – also Alana is growing Black Beans this year — also something I’ve never seen besides before I omnomnomnom it down…. 🙂

    • Kevin permalink*
      April 12, 2010 9:05 AM

      Hey there. Second year for broccoli. I’ve got 6 seedlings and as long as they survive, I’ll post some pictures. I don’t think I’ve seen a black bean plant either, I’ll have to check that out.

  2. Alana permalink
    April 13, 2010 8:42 AM

    Yeah, I’m not sure what to expect from the Black Beans, we eat lots of them and Joe saw the packet of seeds and thought why not try it? We’re also doing green beans seriously for the first time this year. Should be an adventure! Love the flower pics, Kevin!

    • Kevin permalink*
      April 13, 2010 9:00 AM

      Why not indeed! Right on. Let me know how it goes.

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