Don’t knock it ’til ya try it, that’s the lesson for today. The trial seed starting mix has not disappointed and I’m ready to make more of it. Take a look at the tomato seeds I started earlier this month:
The top of the mix has an “algae” look to it, but I don’t really worry about it. We used to live in an area of California that was all forest – the tail-end of the Redwoods – and I saw this all the time. Didn’t stop anything from growing and being healthy. And these little cuties seem fine too.
Today, they are pretty close to moving to their new home in the market garden. Another batch is right behind them, planted in the same mix. I don’t worry about their size because I planted the first batch out in the garden under lightweight row covers and they’re looking good and strong. So I think these will do well too.
This is the last of the peppers that were first started in the mix. The red bells are still growing strong despite the fact that they don’t have a home yet. You see, I kinda went overboard with planting in our personal kitchen garden (and yes, I always go crazy) and I got ahead of the hubby who has to build more boxes for me. But here’s the point: They’re still thriving in this stuff! As a matter of fact, the longer they stay, the stronger they appear! We’ll see how they do once I transplant them. (I smell another followup post coming.)
These are the peppers that did make it to a box and they already want to put out fruit. Remember the hot ones? Ancho, cayenne and jalapeno plants are all doing well. But I know they’ll start screaming at me if I don’t take the plastic off the hoops before too long. The tomatoes love our makeshift hoop house but the peppers really do need direct sunshine. Hang on guys!
Well, we finally did get the last four boxes built for our kitchen garden and so I got busy sowing three kinds of carrot, fennel, celery, two kinds of dill, three kinds of cucumber and red and blue potato. I then turned my attention to the seed mix once again and started the above cantaloupe, along with zucchini, crookneck, sweet meat, butternut and Black Beauty eggplant. Though I should have waited a while longer before I put the squash and melons out, I noticed how fast they came up and strong they looked, so I just went ahead and did it. They don’t seem to mind at all. Next, I went to town on other things that will go into large pots like green and purple basil, marjoram, lemon balm, cilantro, Italian parsley, oregano, thyme and lavender. All in the same seed starting mix. And they all started! Herbs! How about that? I’ll put up pics of all the little cuties soon.
Though I’m still testing the waters, this sure seems like an easy one. It may be a keeper folks. 🙂