Now the NOAA predicts near-zero weather for us in the next few days. I will have to race about covering the radicchios I was admiring yesterday as nearly large enough to start cutting, and the tender nubbins of other things fooled by the early warmth. It has been daily into the 40’s: decoy weather.
I have some bags of leaves from last fall that will get pressed into service as blankets. The winter was so mild so far that the Corydalis never lost the autumn new growth they put on; they will be less tender than the radicchios but they’ll get bagged as well! The violas that are blooming will do just fine without covering, thank you (thank them!).
Then it is back inside to continue my seed sowing and seed-tray watching. I am trying a new seed treatment for recalcitrant salvias that is similar to the GA-3 (gibberellic acid) I have used in the past for other things. It doesn’t need measuring/diluting/pipettes like the GA-3 so is easier to use, but it doesn’t go as far. I will be interested to see how the results compare.
I have had the top of one of the garden fences down for repair and in the intervening time have had a deer dance party in the raised beds. Nothing much eaten except the dry tops of the Maximillian sunflowers–not my precious fruit trees nor my radicchios!–just lots of pointy foot prints. The top of the fence went back up fast yesterday! I added some tagging tape to whistle in the wind as a notice that the dance hall was closed.