I basically killed our seedlings. Or, at least the cucumbers. After posting last week about the fuzzy mold I’d found on their peat (soil), I put them outside in the sunshine. Well, it was windy and they got stressed, and then it rained and HAILED that night! Had I brought them inside? No, because I didn’t know about the possibility of rain (bad plant mommy!) so they were not happy after that.
I tried lifting their spirits by airing them out (they were even wetter than before, obviously) but it has gotten a lot cooler in the last several days so that only mildly helped.
They dried out mostly, and then I brought them back inside. The lows tomorrow and Thursday morning will be in the twenties. :P So, here’s how they’re looking currently:
I think the tomato plants might have a chance, but the cucumbers appear to be a lost cause. *sniff* There is only ONE that could survive…with a prayer.
The good news is, the mold is gone. lol
And our strawberry plants are thriving. :)
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So, this week is my school planning week again. My focus right now is definitely Samuel. He just had his half birthday on the eighth and is officially 5½. He loves learning (!) and I believe he’s ready for more structured activities that will help him along in reading and writing since he’s showing interest in both. I’m looking at lesson plans (and creating my own) that will be fun and ongoing, like this story quilt from DLTK.
Homeschooling three, and having a baby (who is now a mobile eight month old), has been a huge challenge. Planning academics for three weeks at a time is definitely helping, as is meal planning, but there are other things that I’m working on as well. Housework is a big one. I keep a clean, organized home, but it nearly kills me (or, my time, anyway) so I’ve been brainstorming ways to help myself not spend SOOO much time on the home. I won’t go into it all right now, but a few examples are: choosing certain tasks to be done ONLY on the weekend, like dusting and washing bedding, and tidying up the main living area with the big kids before lunch and dinner every day (a good motivator if they’re hungry, right?)
So, yeah, I’m brainstorming school and home stuff….and mourning the loss of my cukes.