Seventeen degrees on Hilton Head? The cold snap that hit most of the country the first week in January did not spare our island or its plants.
Our community garden plot fared much better than the landscaping around our house. We lost our Swiss Chard, but everything else looks like it will survive.
Our friends Rachelle and Roger looked out for our irrigation timer when the farm’s irrigation system had to be drained and hoses disconnected during the freeze. It was back up and running when we returned to Hilton Head on the 9th. The last week of the month brought another cold snap and another drain down- extremely unusual we are told.
As I mentioned last month, we invested in a Hydrofarm grow light and seed starter kit so we could start our seedlings indoors this spring. If this works out we will have organic, non-root bound plants in a month or so when the spring garden gets into full swing.
The kit came with a 17 watt heating mat and moisture dome. The seeds were started in Ferry-Morse Jiffy Peat Pellets (available at Lowes). Some of the seeds germinated in less than two days! I put the grow light on a timer and have it set to the recommended 16 hours/day to keep the plants from getting spindly.
Once the seedlings get their first set of real leaves, they will be transplanted to peat pots filled with starter mix and be given a little diluted “organic” fertilizer.
Some of our fellow “farmers” have sown their snow peas already. We are going to try to get ours planted this week weather permitting.
Featured Garden Tool
We purchased this grow light and stand from Amazon along with a heat mat to start our indoor seed starting operation. This setup provides an easy way to position the light, especially if you are not able to hang the light above your seeds. It is sturdy and the height adjusts very easily. Amazon is currently offering a discount on this model.