It’s a hard world for little things.
Do you see my brassica family seedlings in this row? Neither do I. After a week of not showing up (normally they’re enthusiastic sprouters) I realized I had some problems with my greenhouse-seeding plans. The problems? Slugs and pillbugs.
Sigh. Plan B (planting them indoors) does not mean I will be a week or two behind. Nah. It just means I am annoyed. Planting in the greenhouse between existing garlic rows and then further transplanting the seedlings to their final destinations (outdoors or into other people’s gardens) is generally the easiest way for me to do things. And I am all about “easy,” especially in springtime. But with warm spring weather comes warm evenings inside the greenhouses: prime munching time for the resident mollusks and armadillidiiae.
My lesson for you here? Do not think “I can’t plant things in greenhouses as they’ll get munched,” instead “I need to watch to see when its okay to plant seeds in my greenhouse (or outside, or wherever).” Had I planted them a month earlier, they’d have been fine; a month later, I could’ve planted them outside. In other words, there are windows of opportunity wherever you plant. The greenhouse offers a lot more windows…but occasionally it doesn’t.
So I will plant all the brassicas someplace bug-free and warm. Someplace, therefore, where these small things can experience a softer world.