We had a heap of rain this week - 191.5mm or over 7.5 inches - which was great for the garden, but unfortunately it meant I missed my Moon Planting window of opportunity for transplanting leafy green seedlings (tatsoi, mustard greens and lettuce). Ah well, the period from the 9th to the 11th (and the 14th) are great for sowing and transplanting fruiting plants apparently, so in another couple of days I will pot on the luffa and pumpkin seedlings, and plant out into the garden the golden squash and broccoli seedlings I have already potted on. The broccoli looks pretty spindly sadly (below); I think I may have left it in the greenhouse for too long with not enough direct sun? It's hard to judge these things when you are a beginner like me!
In other news, putting the tomato seedling tray on top of the hot water unit last weekend encouraged three little Rouge de Marmande seedlings to emerge, so that's better than nothing I suppose, LOL. They look spindly too so I've moved them back into the greenhouse to get some more sun, and I will pot them on later in the week too.
I gather the Rouge de Marmande tomato is a more cold tolerant variety, so perhaps that's why I am yet to see anything from the Tommy Toe cherry tomato seeds. I'll keep my fingers crossed though, you never know your luck - my Sweet Bite cherry tomato that over-wintered in the garden is on it's last legs and I'm going to miss it!In the garden, the 'Top Weight' carrot seeds I direct sowed have emerged, yay! Thanks to Melinda for her tip to cover the area to keep it moist until they emerged (although I took it off with all the rain we had this week). Now I have the keep the *&$% snails and slugs away from them. To that end I'm going to scatter my coffee grounds around them, lay another beer trap, and keep my fingers crossed! Can anyone advise me when to start thinning them out?