Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Not Wordless Wednesday

I can't do it, I've got too much to say.  I didn't even try too hard to be wordless today.  Maybe tomorrow I can be silent.

I love looking at how these little plants are growing.  Closest is broccoli rabe, then broccoli and leeks.  In the farther pan are peppers, which haven't shown yet even though it's been almost a week since I planted them.  I'm a little worried about the rabe because many of these guys are floppy, and you can see a little fuzzy mold in the peat pot of the second one from the right.  Someone told me to stop watering them, and I have.  Really.  I don't know what the floppiness is, but I don't think it's good.

This could be a problem....  I came home from work yesterday and the peppers on the right were moved.  Cats are curious creatures.  In fact, the peeps I bought this stand from sold it because their cats had messed up everything they were trying to grow.

And lastly, I'll leave you with a shot of 5 yards of topsoil, two black dogs, a lake and some dirty snow.
See what I mean?  There's too much going on today!


  1. Now if you could just talk those dogs into moving that nice looking soil into the garden beds . . .

  2. I'd hazard a guess that the floppiness is caused by the lights being too far away. You wouldn't think it, but the best way to compensate for the lights being weaker by the sun is to position them so they are almost on top of the seedlings. As they get taller you can raise the lights. Mine are so close right now that I need to raise the lights if I'm going to rearrange anything - I can't fit my hand under them!

  3. Looks like that soil smells good. Wow - 5 yards! Regarding seedlings, my peppers took over a week to sprout.

    Thanks, Alison, for that tip.

  4. Wow! I would love to have some top soil. Can't get out to work in the garden until the snow and rain take a hike. Bad kitties. Well, at least they aren't eating the plants.

  5. I moved the light closer to the plants, but I bet it's too late for these guys. I still need to get used to the fact that if some die, I can just plant more!

    I was hoping someone would say that it's normal for peppers to take a week to sprout!

    It's going to be a dirt-movin'weekend!

  6. Jordan-
    My tomatoes are going like gang-busters and I can see the first little sprout of peppers just coming through the dirt...and I had good plants last year and they were slow..
    Told Linda I want to check out the MEN method of bag gardening - article this month...

  7. It's absolutely normal for peppers to take forever to sprout - especially if it's on the cool side! I had an awful time trying to get mine to germinate at all last year, so this year I got a seedling heating mat - what a big difference! None of the normal warm places in my house are safe for me to leave seedlings, so this was a necessary investment for me!

  8. The seed starting book says that I can start tomatoes next week!

  9. Yep! I'm looking forward to it myself! Romas, regular "sandwich" tomatoes, and cherries! And the peas I planted on St Patrick's day are starting to poke their heads up!