Odd to be watching the news and hearing of 3 inches of snow here and 6 inches of snow there, when the "here" and "there" are pretty close by. But we escaped - so can we please get this spring thing underway?
I really love this part of the gardening season - each morning brings new life to the seed flats. If the garage warms up over the next few days, the eggplant/hot pepper tray will join the lettuce/beets under the lights. We are at day 10 and a few slow pokes are waking up, like Billy Goat and Bird hot peppers (the Hab related hot peppers really take their time). But there is life in 45 of the 50 cells, with 3 stubborn eggplant, one cell of Cossack Pineapple ground cherry, and 2005 saved Hot Paper Lantern. Mission accomplished on that flat.
The sweet peppers are in general proving to be more stubborn. I await the emergence of 9 of the 34 varieties (two of which are experimental). The experimental hots are 12 out of 16. So a few more days under Saran Wrap and in front of the sunny window are in order before the relocation to the garage light table.
As expected, the tomatoes are proving to be quick! The flat that I planted in the video is now 4 days post-seeding - and 15 cells show life, with raised soilless mix indicating more will pop through today. I will shoot a brief clip of what I do now. I planted another flat that day, and have life in 13 cells. The third tomato flat was seeded on March 1.
Last night I got to the flowers and herbs. So aside from one more flat that will be more experimental tomatoes, peppers and eggplant (including this year's Dwarf project grow out), the seed planting of the season is just about done. In a few weeks, the labor-intensive (and resource - meaning $$$ - intensive) parts starts - transplanting into 4 inch pots. Finger crossing gets important as well, in terms of night time lows above 32 degrees. That is no certainty this season o