Well, my seedlings that I planted 20 days ago are doing very well. So well, in fact, that I needed to do some potting up. I had broccoli, nasturtiums and romaine that had some true leaves and were really outgrowing their little cell.
So I assembled my tools and then wondered how on earth to get the little seedling out of their cells. I kind of squeezed the bottom of one broccoli and tried to very gingerly pull up on the stem. Sadly, my biggest broccoli bit the dust. S’all right though because I planted more than I want. So then I eyed those cells and reached into my utensil draw and pulled out a fork. Voila! Instant success! The fork fit perfectly in the cells and transfered the seedling without disturbing the roots much at all.
Last night I had to make a stop at the garden center for a few more pots, it didn’t occur to me that starting all these different seeds early this year meant that I would need that many more pots! I also picked up a small ceramic pot to start a second round of cilantro on my windowsill. The first sowing is three weeks old and doing well, but one thing I have learned about cilantro is that if you want it longer, you have to do several continuous sowings. In a few weeks I’ll pick up another pot and do it again- I figure all told, I’ll end up with four pots on my windowsill, and that ought to keep me in cilantro for a while anyway.
Here is also a picture of my cabbages-started February 23rd. They are doing very well, and seem to be happy so far. Yesterday that got a watering of some fishwater from my fish tanks. I have no idea what the spindly thing is on the far upper right, and on the left side there are three of my Di Cecco Broccoli plants.
If you remember, when I planted my cabbages last month, I also started some Green Goliath Broccoli. Well, a few weeks ago I sort-of stepped on the broccoli. I was a little annoyed with myself, but decided it was for the better anyways since it wasn’t a variety of broccoli I wanted to plant. So I picked up some organic Di Cecco broccoli, which is a much smaller plant, which produces a small 3-inch head to begin, but really excels with the side shoots it continuously pushes out. We’ll see, but I’m really hoping this variety does well in my square foot garden. As it is, I wanted to plant 3 cabbages and I have 10. Anyone need some cabbage?
Anyway, it has warmed up a bit, but not enough yet. The lows are still in the upper twenties, so it needs to get a bit warmer in order to plant anything in the dirt. I may have to revise my plans a bit, as part of my garden plan this year relied on getting some things into the dirt pretty early. I’m already thinking that a lot of the herbs that I had planned to put in the garden might go into some nice pots instead. We’ll see…
Filed under: Uncategorized on March 26th, 2009