It’s a busy week ahead as I prepare for my annual plant sale on April 30 and May 1. Many plants need to come out of the greenhouse and be hardened off so they do well in their new homes. The last three days I have hauled 23 flats of tomatoes outside for the day. It’s now the fourth day so they will spend their first night outside. Once they are outside the cucamelons will begin their move to two mini greenhouses. The mini greenhouses can be covered with plastic so these delicate plants don’t get cold at night. It’s early for them to go outside but I have pre-orders for plants from last fall.
The greenhouse will seem empty once the plants are outside. It will give me room to start some heat loving plants such as squash and pumpkins. Pumpkins don’t go in the garden until June. We certainly don’t want them ready in September unless they are being grown for food. The later I harvest squash the longer it will store in my garage.
The basil is loving the heat we had the last week. It’s still early to place your basil outside as it likes a night-time temperature of 12C. You can easily grow it in the house until the temperatures warm up. Give it a sunny place to grow in the kitchen.
The cucamelon plants are so ready for new homes. They are twining around every plant within their reach in the greenhouse. Yesterday I had to move them from strangling the zinnias. Imagine such violence in the greenhouse!
I am not the only one having a plant sale this month. The South Delta Garden club is having their sale on May 7 at the Mountain View Extended Care home in Ladner. The garden club has a huge selection of perennial flowers for your garden. If you don’t find the tomatoes you are looking for at my sale, Bruce from the garden club will have many more to choose from.
West Coast Seeds is also having their annual tomato seedling sale on May 7 at their retail location on Elliott street in Ladner. I hear they have over 44 kinds of tomato seedlings this year. If you haven’t been to their retail location, you are missing out on some unique items for the garden. From hummingbird feeders to gardening books there is something there for everyone.