Our temperatures have returned to more seasonable levels mid 50s during the day, down to 30s at night:
EG’s germination method that I began last weekend was a complete success. By the end of the week, every tomato seed germinated. Each day I checked the containers for moisture and signs of radicles growing from the seeds. Once the radicle sprouted, the seed was carefully placed in a soil block, and lightly covered with seed starting mix. These soil blocks were kept on the heat mat until the first sprouts emerged, then they were placed under lights.
The Earl Girl Tomatoes are ready to grow their first true leaves:
I only wish I had used this method with the peppers too. I’ll know better next year. About half the peppers (seeded 3/28) have sprouted. I am still patiently waiting for the remainder.
I spent most of the morning rearranging the soil blocks once again. I needed a shelf under the lights for the newly sprouted tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. It’s time to begin hardening off the parsley, some onions, Swiss chard, more spinach and lettuce. So these soil blocks were combined into one flat and a few smaller containers making it easier to carry in and out of the house:
The rest of the soil blocks were condensed into the remaining flats still under the lights.
Out in the garden, the spinach that was transplanted out last week has held up well with minimal protection:
There is a little yellowing on the bottom leaves of some of the youngest plants, but still more growth forming at the top. More spinach went out today. I wanted to plant out some lettuce too, but decided to wait another week or so because of the frost like temperatures predicted overnight for the next week.
The peas planted last week have begun sprouting:
We purchased some wire fencing and will be putting it up this weekend to keep Bradie and hopefully deer out of the garden:
Once the fence is up, I can determine the placement of the SWCs and begin building the four new 18 gallon SWCs that will be used for growing celery, broccoli, and tomatoes.