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Monday, May 11, 2015

Spring 2015 - done

All the seedlings and cuttings have been moved to the deck as of May 1st.  The lights are out in the basement until next year.  Cya later.

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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