Thursday, April 17, 2008

Evidence of Nasturtium and Sweet Peas!

This time of year, I get a little impatient with two things: the emerging veggies and the weather.

I am watching the blank spaces of soil I know have seeds underneath them. The fava beans should be showing some sign of life by now, but there is nothing. I am a little worried a busy squirrel has ran off with a stash of my beans. There are small foot prints near where I poked them through the ground.

It's also possible that they're just slow. The seed packet claims that I will have germination in 7-12 days. It's been 22 days since planting. My patience wears thin.

On the other hand, my nasturtiums and sweet peas have emerged. Like a watched pot never boils, it may very well be that a blank patch of soil will never sprout. I hadn't hovered over them for a week, and here they are.

This little nasturtium sprout is too cute.


I finally have two sweet pea shoots.


Now for the weather. I am in total denial about the looming snow forecast for this weekend. Of course, Mother Nature needs to remind us we're not past the "frost-free date" yet. I have always been told that this date for Seattle is April 20. Checking the Farmer's Almanac online, it says March 24 is our last frost date and we have a growing season of 232 days. This seems quite generous for our area.

At least I haven't started planting my tomato and eggplant starts. I know better than that. I hope the little ones brave enough to break through the soil will make it.

But, then again, it's not going to snow, right?

3 comments:

YC in Seattle said...

I'm with you on the snow denial...
Thankfully, I only have cool-season plants in the garden so far.

The Gardeness said...

Nope, just hail. How crazy, and annoying,is this weather? Just today I started seeds inside. My kitchen garden is not in planting condition. Guess that's a good thing at this point! - Melanthia (Magnolia)

Science PhD Mom said...

Out here on the Kitsap peninsula, we have been fortunate enough to avoid any sticking snow. A friend in Lynnwood says she is not so fortunate. I did have to put some pipe insulation around the trunks of new fruit trees. I'm glad I've not put out my tomato starts yet!