We had absolutely gorgeous weather this weekend in Chicago. Maybe a bit blustery, but I’ll take some wind if it means I get clear skies and temperatures in the seventies. We gave into temptation and even put a few seeds in the ground, mostly cold hardy plants like beets and radishes, filling in a few rows of our freshly prepared raised garden beds (more on those later this week). The weather was so great this weekend that it made us forget we were still only in mid-April and were getting ahead of ourselves thinking about where to place our prized pepper seedlings. One look at the forecast later this weekend, back into the fifties with lots of clouds and rain, brought us back to reality though. This was a wonderful taste of summer though and a reminder of just how close we are to gardening season getting into full swing. Tonight was spent transplanting a few dozen seedlings from their starter pods into solo cups for the next stage of their maturation and their gradual introduction to the elements. It was hard going, as evidenced by the need to keep a beer on hand.
Seeing our pepper seedlings take flight in this weather awoke a bit of a frenzy in me. Last night we were very close to ordering another half dozen varieties despite the fact we are probably too late in the year to have much success with many of the hotter varieties, as we would be talking about mid-June by the time they were ready to go into the ground. I was a bit let down by this realization and may yet give in and buy a seedling (serranos are a favorite of mine and I’ve had my eye on Trinidad Scorpions) and maybe a few more varieties we’ll plan to grow in pots, at least for this year. A bit unfortunate to realize this now but these growing pains are to be expected as this is my first season of true dedication to horticultural pursuits. ‘
I hope wherever you are you were all lucky enough to get outside the house and into the garden this weekend. I’m sure you’re all as excited for spring as we are. Until next time!