Saturday, April 11, 2009

Transplanting Seedlings 4/11

Today was a busy day in the garden. First we moved the composter back to it's summer-time position. The compost isn't ready yet, but we drained three gallons of compost tea from the base. I'll dilute this with water each time I need to water the garden from now on. Since we put the row cover on the beds, I decided to transplant my freckles lettuce, spinach, kale, and arugula into the garden. I want to see how they'll do under the protection of the row cover and I also needed to free up room under my light. I noticed that the garlic has sprouted up more and is greening up now that the row cover is on. I decided to experimentally sow some carrots, and placed a bottomless milk jug over one quarter of the seeds to see if that will help them sprout faster. Here are my transplants clockwise from top left: Freckles romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, arugula.
Here's a collage of my other seedlings clockwise from top left: my first tomato sprout a Roma,two pink heirloom seedling(seed saved), the first pepper about to peek through, golden beets, bright lights swiss chard.
And here's my volunteer tomato.
Today I planted more tomatoes, though if all my others sprout I won't need them. I'm not confident that all my others will sprout, because I saved some of the seed myself. Today I planted two Campbells Tomatoes (free seeds), and two Fedco Heirloom mix. I decided to try the egg shell potting method since I'm running low on pots. It was hard poking holes in the bottom without breaking the shell, but I figured if they have a crack, at least their supported by the egg carton.
I also seeded German Thyme and Oregano into small yogurt cups. I'm a little late getting these started but I just picked up the seeds at the grocery store today. Now the hard part of being patient for everything to sprout.

4 comments:

Marcia said...

We were wondering what you were doing on Saturday. You were busy.

Dan said...

You always have such cool lettuce. I have a couple speckled ones that grew from my mesclun mix, not sure what kind of lettuce it is yet.

Nice collage photo's. I have throught about trying them a few times. Did you use Picasa?

Emily said...

Thanks!
I really liked the speckled lettuce in my mesclun mix which is why I ordered this freckles romaine.

I used Graphic Converter to do the collage.

jennahsgarden said...

I still haven't sowed my Campbell's seeds. You'll have to post when you get tomatoes - I'm curious about them!