Lori - welcome, and thanks for following the blog!
Remember the onion sets I planted back in October? Well, they had a rough winter, but are now growing quite well since warmer weather arrived. They are putting on new growth, and hopefully will bulb up before May. That's when sweet potatoes will started in these same containers, so they need to get on with it! If no bulbs form, they will still be put to good use as an addition to fresh salads and southern dishes that we frequently cook. Especially with pinto beans, fried taters, and cornbread. Woo doggie!!!!
The other day I mentioned that because of the tall front of the coldframes, cellpacks of germinated seeds were not able to get enough sunlight. Well, here's my solution.....After assessing the situation for a few minutes, I cut some 1x4's that would sit on top of the 2x2 frame on the inside, which created a little shelf that was perfect for raising them as needed. A 2x4 was put in the back to tilt them toward the direction of the sun too, and they should grow very good, now. These things will get quite a workout in about 6 weeks, and also next winter.
The broken window panes on the other one were repaired also, and they certainly needed new caulking after probably 50 years of service to the previous owner? They look pretty old.....Packing tape on both sides of the cracked glass should allow me to get a few more years out of them, too.
Speaking of the coldframes, I need something to automatically open the lids for me. Sure, I monitor the weather and prop them open on mornings when the sun is gonna be shining, but there are better ways to achieve this automatically. There are lots of automatic openers that you can buy for around $50 on the internet, but do you really expect EG to buy one? No way! I'm gonna build my own automatic opener, and for less than what the storebought ones cost. Don't worry, it won't be too technical, and you'll be able to build one too after I post about it. It'll be a piece of cake, and you know how I love building crazy stuff for the garden! It'll be called "EG's ventilator 3000". Hehe.....
Tomorrow will be a vacation day from work, as i'll be one of the judges in the county 4-H roundup, as always. This year, i'll be judging 3 different categories : Blocks rock, extreme birdhouse construction, and also project green thumb. I really enjoy donating my time for this each year, as the kids are just awesome - rowdy yes, but still awesome. In June i'll be judging again at the regional competition, which consists of competitors from 5 or 6 counties - there's where the competition really heats up. Anyway, I'll probably show a photo or two of the days' events sometime next week, and I hope you like them.
Take care, and happy gardening!