Monday, April 29, 2013

Week Five

Yesterday, I let my plants get some sun on top of my car. They seemed to do pretty well. This time outside helps them start to acclimate to outside conditions like wind and sun. Some leaves got spots but I think this may be because I watered them and got water on some leaves. They came back in around 6pm. They need to acclimate more, but they won't go in the ground until the end of May so they have some time.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Week Four

Everything is doing well! I did a head count and right now I have 6 eggplant, 10 habaneros, and 11 banana peppers. In the other room I have 11 roma tomatoes growing. I also started turnips, radishes, carrots, and two types of lettuce out on the balcony. They can tolerate colder temperatures, so they're just out there until the community garden opens.

In other news, check out this prosciutto, goat cheese, and arugula flat bread we made Sunday night!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Week Three

I couldn't leave those romas out of the growlight! It was breaking my heart and today it's supposed to rain all day so I found some room for them.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Week Two

It's only been 2 weeks, but everything has germinated and well on its way to growing its first set of real leaves. I transplanted the Roma tomatoes because they were growing very fast, but more so because I planted 2 seeds per block and every seed came up. I wanted to separate them before they grew together too much. I managed to save almost all of them, except 2 because I didn't have enough transplant pots. The other seeds I'll separate soon, but they're not as far along so I don't want to disturb them.

Someone recently asked me why I use a grow light. This question took me off guard because wasn't it obvious? I guess not. For starters, seedlings need a lot of light. Day lengths are longer in June and July than our days are now. Plus, some days it's overcast, which for a grown plant is fine, but for a seedling it could make it grow stringy and reach for any little light it finds. And here it tends to be overcast a lot. Finally, it's because they're indoors. They can't get the same amount of sun they'd get if they were outside. Combined with the shorter days it leaves too much opportunity for week seedlings.

Here are the seedlings today and the Romas which now have to deal with natural light. Because they're more mature plants, I'm hoping it's ok.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Week One

So far so good. The Roma tomatoes came up first, but the others take a little longer (about 10-14 days). They might be getting a little bit moldy, but once they all come up I'll take the dome off and let them air out a little. Hopefully that will help.