These are about a week old, but with the frost-free recent evenings, a few flats are living outside night and day.
Shown are the lettuce and greens flats, with close up of some of the lettuce, and Swiss Chard Bright Lights.
Here are some pics of the three seedling flats that are underway. There is the pansy/snapdragon/sweet pea flat, the Asian greens/beets flat, and the lettuce/spinach flat - including some close ups.
They are clearly enjoying their lives under fluorescent lights in my cool garage!
On today's agenda - planting the first flat of veggie seedlings - focusing on the slower growing peppers and eggplant, and those for which the seed is a bit old, so could result in slow or low germination.
Yesterday was 70 degrees - talk about spring fever! Of course, it is just February, and today it barely broke 40. But....when you are planning and thinking about gardens, time flies, and there will be digging in the dirt soon enough.
Now, to complete the lists of what I've started already:
Swiss Chard Bright Lights
Osaka Purple Mustard
Sessantina Grossa Raab
Mustard HO MI Z
Da Cheong Chae
Beet Burpee Golden
Beet Touchstone Gold
Beet Ruby Queen
Brussels Sprouts Churchill
So I've got three flats thriving in my cool garage under fluorescent lights.
Other garden tasks - send out seeds for the Dwarf project, packing seeds for other gardening friends, finalizing what I will grow in my hot pepper development project....and then will starting pondering planting peppers, tomatillos, eggplant and tomatoes! We are well underway!
I've now seen it all - some of the Asian greens I planted germinated on ONE day! Just remarkable....pretty anxious to see the world, I guess.
Back to filling details on what I am growing. My second plug flat is filled with different types of lettuce - no surprise that we don't limit ourselves to just a few types. And when one of your best gardening buddies (my long time pal Jeff) is a lettuce seed saver, it provides many options!
Here are the lettuce varieties that I planted a week or so ago, and are now up and growing under lights in my garage. There are green leaf, red leaf, speckled leaf, romaine types, crisphead types, leaf types - it makes for quite the lovely salad!
Laitue Grosse Brune Paresseuse
Bioinda a Foglia Riccia di Taglio
Dark Lollo Rossa
Encore Lettuce Mix
Grand Rapids Concept
And in the same flat, a few non-lettuce greens
I will likely have mixes of different seedlings with me at the Market along with my usual peppers, tomatoes and eggplant this spring for purchase.
I start the lettuce densely using my typical technique - 20 or so seeds per cell. Lettuce is easy to transplant, and I move it to 4 inch pots, 6 to 9 plants to a pot, in which they reach a size that is suitable for setting into the garden. The earlier I get the lettuce into the garden, the better - it gets hot here quickly, and lettuce doesn't care for that at all!
Once the plants get a little bigger, I'll take some pics of the developing seedlings.