Transplanats, hardened off

Ready for the garden.

The sun rose this morning at 3:43, and it will set at 11:57 this evening for 20 hours 14 minutes of theoretical sunshine, 6 and a half minutes more than yesterday. Tomorrow we start sunsets early in the morning of the following day. It’s all very theoretical; the last few days have been mostly rain and clouds, leading to flood advisories on local rivers, and the forecast shows more of the same this week. Good for the garden and for fire season; not so good for the rivers and actually working in the garden. At least the overnight lows are staying in the 40’s, though the highs are forecast to be in the 60’s.

Dwarf columbines

Some of the perennials are showing color already

The perennials are growing fast, and some are even showing bud color. I have a table full of transplants ready to go into the garden, and I’ve planted a few seeds in the holes of the cement blocks, but I’m hung up waiting for the rototiller. I hand dug and ro-hoed the pea bed, and may do the same for the beans and squash if the tiller doesn’t show up today. I wanted to beat Memorial Day this year!

#WriteMotivation check-in:

1. Get the garden going. Given the earlier springs up here lately, I’ll try to get the beans started indoors by April 25 and the squash by April 30; plant outdoors before Memorial Day. Get seeds in before Memorial Day if possible. This will involve getting the hoops to support plastic covers up on all three raised beds.

Delphinium, columbine and daylillies

Perennial bed

I’m ready and the transplants are ready, but everything’s waiting on the rototilling which should have been done last week. I did say “if possible,” and I’ve done everything I can.

2. Keep up daily blogging using my existing schedule: Alaska weather Monday, review Tuesday, quotation context Wednesday, wild card Thursday, Jarn’s Journal (back history on my sf novels) Friday, Science/technology/health Saturday, and Six Sentence Sunday Sunday.

The only blog of the month not written and preloaded is that for May 31, which I plan to do about the dog show this weekend. (Yes, including this morning. I got some pictures yesterday, but hope to get more.)

3. Keep up Context? Tweets daily @sueannbowling

Done so far

4. Put at least two interesting science links a day on Homecoming’s page

Up to date.

5. Get outdoors for at least a couple of hours a day when the weather cooperates, either gardening or tricycle riding.

The weather has not been cooperating lately, but between the Farmers’ Market, the garden, and the dog show I’ve been outdoors quite a bit.

6. Read over entire trilogy for flow; put bits on Six Sentence Sunday; find a beta reader or two if possible.

I’d still like a second beta reader. I’m going to put that request on Six Sentence Sunday next week. Yesterday was the first time I posted a bit from the third book.

P.S. 8:40 am. The sun is shining! Maybe I can get some plants in after I get back from the dog show.