Friday, April 18, 2014

Another Garage Survivor

It looked dead. But it suddenly came to life! I put a pot with two lantana plants in the garage before the big freeze last autumn. And then pretty much neglected it except for a couple of sips of water. It woke up this week, so I gave it a trim and moved it indoors for some special care until we have warm days AND nights. Left: what it looks like today. Right: what it looked like last summer. It joins the fuchsia as a "garage survivor." BTW, it is an unheated garage.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What This Country Needs...

Sign seen at Edwards Greenhouse and Nursery.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Grow Lights for Seedlings

Some folks have fancy grow-light systems for their seedlings. I usually just use the window, but it means the seedlings get quite leggy. This year, I'm trying a grow-light. I didn't have a stand for it, so I stacked some classics on each side. I'll add more classics to raise the lights as the plants grow. Some plants have their first true leaves, so I will re-pot them into a garden mix this week. They were started in sterile soil, and once the plants start to grow, they need nutrients from different soil, and a little bit of weak fertilizer.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lettuce and Arugula

Threw some seeds in a pot a month ago, and soon there will be salad goodies. I grow greens like these in pots to keep slug damage under control.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

First Flowers of the Season

We call them "weeds," but dandelions do have value as companion plants in the garden. Really! Dandelions produce pollen early for ladybugs, lacewings and other beneficial predators. They also help control Colorado potato beetles. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

It's a Tie

Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes, sungold cherry tomatoes and spaghetti squash all broke through the soil today. These seeds were planted Sunday.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Which One Will Pop First?

The little pots with seeds are tucked away under a clear plastic hood to keep the environment moist and warm, in order for germination to happen. A note if you're using these little jiffy-pots for seed-starting. They have to be soaked first and keep a close eye on them. They tend to "wick away" moisture from the soil. 

Another tip: Use seed-starting soil and dampen it first. That way, you don't have to water after you plant the seeds and risk disturbing them. If you keep a lid on the seed-starting tray, you probably won't need to water until you remove the lid once the seedlings appear. 

These pots are often promoted as handy because you can "plant them right in the ground." However, once the seedlings have a few true leaves, they need to be re-potted into larger containers with regular potting soil, and then fertilized with a mild solution. But hey, someone gave me these pots so I'm using them.