As soon as farmers and stores place their first seedling on sale people start showing the well known "intense gardener" disease. They walk around proudly with their seedlings in the bags, they announce everyone that they will soon start planting and as soon as they finish the whole village needs to know how they planted everything.
After the intense gardener disease we're faced with "judgemental gardener disease" which can be recognized by two biggest symptoms: First the "Did you plant your seedling?" instead of Hello symptom and the judgemental terror in the eyes of the infected person if the answer to their question is no.
Each year this diseases affect more and more people and lately I witness people that used to plant seedlings the same days as me now giving me the judgemental look when I say I didn't plant my seedlings. The disgusted looks sometimes rock my gardening believes and I start questioning am I doing things wrong or are the intense gardeners so blinded by their disease that they don't see they are doing things wrong.
I've always planted my seedlings the way my grandma used to plant them. She always said that seedlings can be planted only after the pass of Ice Saints.
Ice Saints or Black thorn winter as some countries call them are dates from May 11th until May 15th in which there is still high chance of frost. Frost can hit 2 or 3 days after that date but May 15th day of St. Sophia ("Cold Sophia") is the time of the year when cold air stops getting through and nights start getting warmer with temperatures over 10°C.
Even if there is no frost Ice Saints always bring very rainy and wet weather so in early days it was considered that every frost sensitive vegetable should be planted after this date.
When looking at the period from 2010 to 2015 May had frost days in 2011, 2012 and 2014 while 2015 had rain for almost 2 weeks.
Knowing all this I can't help but to be surprised how people ignore this facts and still plant their seedlings before St. Sophia.
This year we our temperatures are over 10°C in the morning and many gardeners planted their seedlings outside past week.
I was in a huge dilemma. I thought about planting but I had that little bird inside my head pecking on my brain and saying not to plant. So after debating with my family and inspecting my seedlings I decided not to transplant them. I decided I will ways another 10 days until transplanting them outside.
All of my seedlings are still completely healthy, they aren't leggy anymore. They have their dark green colour which means the soil they're in is still feeding them well and I decided not to plant.
They will be waiting in their new home aka my front yard few more days.
Watermelons, Amaranth and Zucchinis are also still waiting, I'm keeping them covered with textile so they aren't exposed to too bright sun or rain,
The only thing that was transplanted was my Ipomea which couldn't wait anymore, It started climbing everywhere and it needed support. But still it got a cover textile to protect it and the bucket is located under the roof so there shouldn't be any problems with it.
|Ipomea in the back, gladioli bulbs in the middle and Nicotiana in the front|
The weather report for this week is: Rain until Monday with chances of snow in hills, cold Monday and then showers Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sometimes waiting really is the best thing.