18Â°F this morning ...can still get down into the negatives -- even spinach won't survive without good protection, and I haven figured out how yet.
In spring-sprummer, using ordinary methods, very short harvest period then too hot. In sumfall-fallinter, too hot / spotty germination, then quick arrival of hard freezes that slow them down before they are much size (If they can only overwinter!)
So, I'm trying to grow them to size that can survive the less severe 20's that should be coming along by mid to late February.
Until then, I'm going to put them in the garage V8 nursery where it was 32Â° this morning -- hovers in 30's to 40's for the most part.
Do you think they can go out there already?
Soaking, then drying a bit with plenty of moist air, then planting, etc. was described as "priming" and said to improve germination rate and speed. It's possible the softened seed coats fell off easier, too.