help! 'ws'? seedlings and predicted temps (longish)
HI, Durham, NC gardener here, sorry to have been lurking so long. I started some seeds in six-pack cell pots and coir soil that germinated in my mini-greenhouse on the deck in a little over a week, after a few days days of cool rain and then 70s day temps. Now I'm worried they won't survive the predicted 32 degrees tomorrow night. I had them in punctured plastic domes, inside my mini greenhouse, whose covers are torn, so they do not retain all the heat they should. But I did put black plastic and a jug of water in the bottom of one of them to retain heat. Do you think I should bring in sprouted: petunias,
strawflowers, rudbeckia (cherry brandy), gomphrena.
The seedlings are very tiny. I am amazed they germinated at all so soon and am afraid of losing them, but do not have space with adequate light for them in the next couple of days until spring sun returns. I have germinated walla-walla onions [not very happy] and monopsis indoors and have to bring them back in for our next cold spell and the only lamp I have (not to mention my numerous houseplants that need some light). My tomatoes and peppers are still out there in another mini greenhouse without germination. I hope they do not grow mold until they germinate! I did water with a mild hydrogen peroxide solution. This is my winter sowing method, because if I do it 'their' way it is too hot here at the crucial germination times or in between if I keep them covered in a jug or anything else. So what would you do with so-called tender seedlings with our crazy weather? Can I let them tough it out?
Times are tough for all of us. I can't afford to buy any more plants or seeds right now. This is maybe my last year of annual and veggie gardening. I may let my perennial herbs and wildflowers take over.
Thanks for any advice. I have a lot to give away but don't go to swaps.
I really respect and love the winter-sowing forum but it really hasn't worked for me with these crazy fluctuations in temps here, at least where I live. How do y'all do it? And what do you do now? Hey, at least 'we got spring'! Thanks to all of you for the inspiration and advice I've been reading here for many moons (and Happy Spring Equinox)!