Everything inside seems to be going well. The onion seedlings keep growing. They are acting like unruly teenagers. Their leaves are going this way and that. I haven't been trimming them this week. It seems they need a trim every few days to keep up, but I've fallen down on the job. Well that job at any rate. We had some wonderful weather this weekend and we used it to clean out the garage. So at least some jobs got done. Just not caring for my seedlings.
The lettuce is also growing well. Their stems are a bit weak and leggy. Not horribly bad, but not great. Their light is only on for 12 hours to accommodate the onions lighting needs. I think they would rather have 16 hours. These are the only plants scheduled to share time with the alliums who love their long nights.
These plants are all supposed to be hardened off on the 15th. Never to see the blue LEDs again. On the 13th I'm supposed to seed a lot of my spring crops and some summer crops that need a longer growing period. They will be taking over the lights after they germinate. Sadly my schedule is doomed. After a beautiful weekend where we saw temperatures approaching 60°F both days, now we have this:
Yup more snow The garden beds had almost melted out. Today's highs are only supposed to hit 35°F. All day we will have a sloppy snow/rain mix. Yuck. This is not even fun skiing snow. I'm thinking of pushing my planting schedule back. I need to get these seedlings out from under the lights before the next set start, since I just don't have room for them all. These are nowhere near to going out. I don't really need to have the soil workable, but I do need to be able to leave them outside all day long. Freezing and thawing in their pots would be really bad for the plants. This coming week we have a couple of days that will be normal for us this time of year, but the long range forecast is for below normal temperatures.
It really isn't unusual for us to be getting snow in March. It is actually very common. NOAA has all the fun statistics on it. The snow graphs tell me that we usually get 7 1/2 inches of snow in March. After today we will have had 14". It seems to me that we have gotten about twice as much as normal every month so far.