The weather in Toronto this spring has been so grey and rainy, and my seedlings are not loving it. Usually spring here is very sunny, which makes my south facing window sills such an ideal spot to start seeds. But not this year! It feels like we’re living in Vancouver again with the amount of rainy grey days we’ve had. Overall I am happy with the progress of my seedlings and garden beds, but it could be better.
The tomatoes, eggplant, and tomatillos have really struggled so far. It took a really long time for them to germinate. (Although I didn’t use any form of bottom heat, and I will be investing in that for next year!) Since germination, their growth has been sluggish. A few weeks ago, I ended up getting a grow light to help my seedlings along, and it has helped, but you can see from some of the pictures that the grape tomatoes in particular are quite leggy and spindly. The cherries are heartier, but they’re far smaller than this time last year. The tomatillos are just very delayed and small, so I’m definitely concerned about them being ready to go out for May 24th. I’ve definitely been bummed out about the slow growth of my tomatoes this year because they were so crazy last year, but I keep reminding myself the summer hasn’t started yet.
Interestingly, the zinnias, alyssum, catnip, and lavender haven’t seemed to mind the grey conditions. They germinated quickly, have had good growth, and I am confident that they will do well when I plant them out later this month. It’s a good experience for me to have a growing season with abnormal weather because I’m getting to learn which species really don’t mind the lack of sun early in the season and how they adapt in my garden.
Outside, my carrots, lettuce, and wildflowers have all been germinating well, and I’m actually quite happy about their growth. They don’t seem to mind the grey days as much, and I’m pleased to see them coming along. I’m looking forward to when their roots are deeper so they can rely on the self-watering containers. We’ve had some cold nights, but these seedlings are quite cold-tolerant, so I haven’t had to worry much about them.
Overall, I’m decently happy with the direction everything has taken so far this spring, but I am hoping and wishing for more sun as it goes on. I really don’t want to buy any seedlings from a nursery, so I’m gambling a bit that my tomato variety plants are going to catch up this May and June. The only thing I have yet to plant in the garden is my green bean seeds, but I’m waiting another week or two for a little more heat first.