OK, so that’s not my garden. Although I wish it were.. and I wish that were my bathtub. Alas, I find myself cameraless; the trauma of the Kami’s Birthday Cake FAIL obviously affected my brain in that I left the camera at Kami’s house, after the party (and many glasses of champagne). C’est la vie – but you’ll have to deal without real photos for a few days. Mea culpa, mea culpa.
It’s been five weeks since the first seeds were sown. I transplanted most of the tomato seedlings about two weeks ago, and this weekend transplanted the rest: cherry tomatoes, peppers, lemon basil and rosemary. Many of the plants seemed a little pale, and the bottom leaves were turning yellow; this seems to be related to a nitrogen deficiency, so I fed them with a diluted fish emulsion fertilizer. We shall see how they do. They are still a bit leggy – I’m amazed that they liked the light at the top of my closet more than they do the hanging flourescent that I bought for this purpose – but maybe it’s that the top of the closet is enclosed and painted white, so they got all sorts of reflective light. If it doesn’t warm up soon, I may have to build them a little cardboard-and-tinfoil housing so I can amp up the wattage; given that it was 29 degrees outside when I got up this morning, it may be quite a while before I can put tomatoes outside! Although the weather is supposed to be nice all week, in the high 50’s and low 60’s, the nighttime temps are still below 40 degrees (let alone 50 degrees, which is when you should direct-sow outdoor seeds). Sigh.
I sowed another flat of seeds today: more red bell peppers, because I only yielded three viable seedlings out of the first sowing, some herbs (borage, cumin, lemon balm, spearmint, and more chives), flowers (nasturtium and calendula), and as an experiment, some beans (Good Mother Stallard and Hutterite Soup), even though the package tells me to sow outdoors. This time I used some Earth Plugs, from Seeds of Change, and some plain old potting mix, instead of the Burpee seed-starting plugs. I’ll update to see if I have the same mold issue as with the Burpee starters.
I just wrote out the entire seed inventory for my friend Melissa, who wants a few plants for the deck this year, and even I was amazed by how many seeds I managed to buy this year:
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