Greetings! I hope you are all staying healthy. So a couple quick notes before we get into the April 2020 Grower’s Report. You and your family are supported by me in your growing. I assist backyard growers, community gardeners, urban farmers in all phases of production. Send me an email with questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call to 614-292-7916 and while I cannot come visit, a picture is a welcome way to show me what the problem is or describe a situation. Feel free to contact me at any time, I check email seven days a week.
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First update is the weather:
While we are still seeing predictions for warm and wet going forward in the three month, this week has some temperatures in the 30’s overnight. Depending on your microclimate you may want to cover any seedlings or transplants in the ground.
If you do not have row cover you can cover your seedlings and transplants with a sheet or a tarp. Just make sure that you prop the cover up off the plants so it does not touch the leaves and then remove it the next morning to allow sun to get to the plants.
Second update is the container garden:
My plants are probably OK due to the microclimate in the container garden in terms of extra frost protection.
They are in black pots, next to the house on my driveway. All of those contribute heat to the area. I will still likely cover them just to be sure.
The lettuce enjoyed the rain we had over the weekend followed by some great sun.
I need to make sure that with the heavy rain we get that I address the fertility needs of my plantings. I am working on a container garden post to have ready soon.
Third update is the seed start station:
I have decent germination from my peppers and eggplant and have moved all the lettuce plus the broccoli raab outside into containers after a few days of hardening off the plants to acclimate to the weather. While checking on my seedlings I noticed this predator on my swiss chard.
Never to early to start your Integrated Pest Management and scouting for parasites and predators.
Next up will be to start more lettuce transplants. I will use the Seed Start station to put another dozen seeds into soilless mix for transplanting in 3 weeks or so.
Have you started planting yet? Feel free to reach out with questions and I can help you get started.