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Apr 14, 2015 4:13 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Ciao all-

We're finally getting warmer temperatures here in Toronto. It's still getting down to freezing or close to freezing at night. I have a few sprouts in some of my winter-sowing tubs. None in the vermiculite closed systems. Lavatera, Dwarf Pink Bush from Tuink is the only flower up. Edibles up so far are Hungarian Winter Lettuce, Outredgeous Romaine, Gold Heart Endive, Touchstone Gold Beet, Mei Qing Pac Choi, Joi Choi, and Red Violet Tatsoi. No chard, no kale, which seems a bit odd.

The only perennials peeking out so far are Pink and White Bleeding Hearts, Siberian Iris, Bearded Iris, Shell Pink Peony, Burgundy Peony, and Lady's Mantle. Perennial Catnip, Rhubarb, Anise Hyssop, Chives, and Mauve-Flowered Chinese Chives are also peeking out. No mints so far. French Sorrel is up and ready to harvest. Now, that plant does amaze me. It's always the first edible and I'm thinking of making sorrel-potato soup or sorrel-leek tart this weekend.

Inside is more exciting. I have close to 100% germination with the tomatoes and basils. Blue Spice Basil is slow to come up this year, but the seed is 2007 - still though, the Genovese is 2004 and it was up in 3 days. Duane re-potted his Anuum Peppers to bury the stems deeper and fertilize. They're already starting to perk up. He's got another 1 1/2 months before he transplants outside, so they've got a bit of time to grow still. I'll be potting up Eggplants and sowing Star of David Okra and Fiesta Tomatillos tomorrow. I'm also going to sow some herbs. Normally, those would have been started already, but Mom visited here at Easter and we painted my office, so things got pushed aside. Looking at my notes from last year, I should have enough time to get the plants to a fair size before June when I would transplant.

No greenhouse yet. The manufacturer got swamped with orders on Amazon so we're not expecting them to ship until the end of April. We'll make do as we always have. Next year should have us in good shape, though.
Grazie a tutti,

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