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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jumped the gun

Note to self: Do NOT start marigolds in March.  

I sowed a tray of dwarf French marigolds on March 21st.  Thought I needed that much time to have some plants to go out late May.

Well, here we are, only 5 weeks later and it's still April.

Yikes!   Already budding up (insert)! 

I'm still glad I started the Zahara zins that early.  Looks like I'll have some nice size plants for the driveway border beds.

But I do see that the tall State Fair zins (over to the side next to the wall) are needing to be potted up.  

Long range forecast says May will be warm days and mild nights.  Yeah, right.  Like I'm going to swallow that!  LOL

How about you?  How are your starts coming along?

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

mid-April 2015 GUL update

Thought I'd keep you up to date down in the basement plant lab.

You can see in the 1st pic that the greens, onions and a geranium cutting are doing just fine.

A peek at the breakfast radishes show they are ready to harvest.  Should be tasty with some of the arugula, beet and chard greens.

The tomatoes have sprouted pretty well, if a little leggy.  I didn't have any luck with the frozen San Marzano seeds.  I did get lucky at WalMart though, picking up a pack of fresh SM seeds along with 2 packs of Cut-n-come again zinnias.

Under the other lights are the (saved) State Fair zins, and the (bought) Zahara zins.  (Note, of the 70 Zahara seeds, on 3 failed to germinate.  At that price they OUGHT to be that reliable!) 

Also there is a tray of dwarf French marigolds and a mixed tray of sweet peppers, pot tomatoes, the little unknown annual and some lavender sprouts.

Last pic - the germinator loaded up with the cut-n-come agains zins and the SM seeds.

I looked back to GUL updates from 2010-2012.  Good grief you can see how the freaking deer have really taken all the wind out of my sails.

Oh well, what'r'ya gonna do?


Saturday update.  The SM toms sown Wednesday and the C&C zins sown Thursday all popped up on Saturday morning.  I just GOTTA remember to buy fresh seed more often!    

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Another tomato experiment

When I went to sow my tomatoes last week, I found out I didn't have any San Marzano seeds (nor Cut-n-Come again zins either). Oh well, no biggie.  I'll pick packets when I was out and about.

I went to Marc's.  Pitiful selection this year.  No SMs or CCs.  Went to Discount Drug Mart.  Also hardly any seeds.  No SMs or CCs.  Went to Sears hardware - they always have seeds.  NONE at all this year and they won't be getting any!!!  So I went to Dumonts Seed.  They had seeds, but no SMs or CCs.  

Whoa!  I'm going to have to travel to Lowe's or Home Depot to try next.  What is WITH seeds racks this year?  I've never seen them so few racks and hardly any selection.  Is it like this where you shop?

Anyway, even though I'm (fingers crossed) hoping to find them at the box stores, I had a sudden brainstorm.

For the past 5 years I've been growing Rose Quartz salad tomatoes from seeds I'd dried/froze in 2009.  

I rooted through the freezer and found a small bag of halved San Marzanos from last season.  Hmmm.  Okay, I defrosted a chunk, sorted out the seeds, cleaned them up and sowed them in the germinator.

We'll see.  I'm pretty sure they'll come up.  After all, the Rose Quartz do well, and every spring my compost pile has PLENTY of volunteer tomatoes from frozen seeds.  I'll still pick up a pack if I find some.  And I really need those zinnias too!

But really, what up with seeds this year?  Why are so many places cutting back?

Update: the frozen SM seeds never did germinate.

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