On Saturday morning, the garden had some visitors from the Shoals Master Gardeners - which is the organization that i'm part of, as well. At 8:20, my guests arrived for a tour of everything, and the temperature was probably around 30 degrees. Of course I had already been working outside on various activities for at least an hour already, and the tour provided me with a much needed break. It's always a pleasure to hang out with other gardeners, and make new friends in the process. I really enjoyed it.
With no apparent freezing weather in the near future, I decided to tackle the big task of wintersowing most of the flower and early tomato seeds that I had bought a while back. Since I mix my own growing medium for everything, these containers were filled with a 50/50 mix of Perlite and Peat moss that was measured and moistened in 2 gallon batches. I sowed Black Cherry tomato, Early Girl tomato, marigold, coleus, nasturtium, shasta daisy, echinacea, coreopsis, celosia, and hollyhock.
Also, in the cups and cellpacks on the left are Ambrosia sweet corn. I always start mine in cellpacks each year, which allows me to get a jump on things. Most farmers in the area plant corn around the middle of March, so it's only a week off from normal planting time.
Since the weather was nice, I also decided to repair a couple of broken window panes in one of the coldframes. The damage was done when the lid was left up the other day, and a strong wind made it slam shut. Since the old windows had lost most of the caulking that held them in place - they popped right out and broke. Here's a photo for reference...
With some clear packing tape and clear caulking, it was fixed like new again. Speaking of the coldframes, I would consider the latest planting of lettuce and such to be a failure. The reason is because of the tall board in the front. Anything planted in it has to be raised up at least 8", or it doesn't receive the sunlight it needs. I'll most likely construct a removable shelf of some kind that will bring the plants up to the needed height before next fall - whcih will work much better.
Take care, and happy gardening!