Monday, February 14, 2011
Dog days of Winter
Or should it be dias de la Perro.....
Last night was warmer than it has been in the last few months. Today it is teetering around the mid 80's. My inside weather report on the internet said it was going to be 90.
Maybe, but not on the mountain. Possible in town in the direct sunlight wearing a nice black felt cotton shirt with long sleeves......
Today it appears that winter is 2/3 gone. That means that it will start having nights dropping down in the 40's and not like the 30's which has been the norm since mid November.
Time to allow the seedlings that have been taking up valuable counter space inside to be pushed a little closer to the harsh reality of outside.
Kind of like tossing out the kids at home when they hit their 19th birthday. After all you don't want them hanging around the house, getting lanky and lazy?
That's exactly what plants will do. They get lanky because they have to stretch to see the sun.
The problem is that due to all the trees there are few places around the house that have direct sunlight. I usually move the tray around so that they get exposed to a wide variety of directions. Kind of what having your kids being "street smart" does for making them understand what society will accept and not accept.
The "street smarts" aspect of kids is sadly lacking in a lot of places nowadays NOB, their social skills are melded by sitting in front of a computer or texting at the dinner table.
If you are going to all the trouble of doing that, isn't it a lot easier to just call the person on their cell phone?
That is something I do not understand. When you talk to someone you can hear their voice inflections. You can hear their anger or angst. Not so on texting unless you test bad words.........
So off to make the bed for which the new plants will lie the next months hopefully growing into nice patches of dill, oregano, mint, chives, parsley both Italian and curly.
Our basil was populated last November and has been slowly slowly growing in the nights, we built a plastic greenhouse about a meter square to protect them from the chilly nights.
Between Basil, Parsley and Chives that amounts to 80% of our herb addition. Although there is Parsley abound at the mercados and stores, it is lifeless for the most part, the store bought Basil is dismal to say the least. I have yet to see Chives sold in our local mercado and we use it quite regularly.
Many of the herbs that are taken for granted are slow to be found around these parts. Designer lettuce is non existent except for purchase at the Costco in Morelia. One of the things that we grow year round is our lettuces. Our climate here never allows them to bolt, so we just keep hacking them off at the base.
Well, off to make beds for the kids.....which we will transplant to outside probably by the weekend.