The pepper plants are growing. Here's a 6 pack of Jalapeno peppers that need some space to keep growing.
It's time to give them some space to grow. I take about a teaspoon of growing medium and put it in the empty cell of the pack where the pepper plant will go. Firm that mix down into the cell. Then carefully pop out a pepper plant and place it into the cell. Alternate the spaces and you will give the plants room to grow.
If you let the plants dry out a bit they are easier to pop out of the cell. Then soak them good when you have them in their new pack. Don't forget to label the new pack of peppers or you will end up with "wonder" peppers. You'll wonder just what kind of peppers you have started.
Usually when you order seeds through the mail you will receive free seeds with your order. This year I received ground cherry seeds. I STGT these free seeds in with the tomatoes. The ground cherry seeds are just beginning to sprout. They were pretty small seeds so I think they will take a bit of time before I can prick them out to their packs. The seed packet notes that "Aunt Molly's is an outstanding Polish variety prized for its clean, sweet flavor."
We have turned the corner on this winter. Today the plastic came off the windows. I did a little light raking and picked up yard debris. It's funny what you find after the snow melts. Last weekend we hard pruned the Russian Olive hedge. The lavatera is sprouting along with more peppers. The forecast for tomorrow is 80 degrees and severe weather.
More trouble in the grow center. The Basil seedlings started to look kind of funny to me. The leaves were curling and drying up. I limped them along for a few days but they didn't respond. Out the door they went. You don't want to take a chance that one plant may have some strange problem that can quickly spread to the rest. I will STGT some more basil and see if I can keep them healthy.
Today I STGT the rest of the harvested Lavatera. I also STGT some eggplant. The variety is Gretel Hybird. This eggplant has long slender fruit and it's pure white. The seeds were from 2010 so we will see if they are viable. This eggplant is very good grilled or steamed.
Catastrophe in the grow center. This blog is not just about success. I made a stupid mistake with the pepper seedlings. After your seeds have spouted it's important to remove the clear plastic cover off the germination tray and let the seedlings get accustomed to the humidity level outside the tray. That should be done as soon as you see most of the seedlings sprouting. I didn't do that and I lost about 4 pepper seedlings when I tried to pick them out. Live and Learn is the old saying. But they should add - Live and Learn and try to remember! I knew that about the cover but I just forgot.
As you "grow on" your seedlings you have to pay attention to moisture. It's recommended that you let the soil medium dry out in between waterings of impatiens. Here are the New Guinea growing on in their packs. Please notice that I have added some starter mix around the seedlings. They look like they are getting a good start.
Here's the basil, it's almost doing too good. I may have started that too soon. It may need some pruning before it can be set out.
If you remember the Stevia was in the refrigerator for 1 week. On Friday I took it out and put it in the heated germination tray. The seed packet recommended bottom heat. Today there is one little sprout. All I can say is SWEET-leaf. There is also one sprout on the sage seeds.
Time to STGT some hot pepper seeds. Here's the pepper germination tray I use.
Then fill it with the seed starter mixture.
Above the tray are the seeds I will start today. First I make a mark with a pencil on the side of the tray.
And another mark on the other side of the tray.
Please note that the seed packet says to sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep.
So take your measuring stick and make a trench 1/4 inch deep.
Then place the seeds into the trench. I put about 9 seeds in this trench.
Then spray the seeds with water and cover with more soil mix. Now comes the important part. Since there will be several varieties of peppers in this tray, you have to keep track of where each variety is planted. I draw a diagram in my log book that shows where each different pepper is planted.
Just continue this process for the rest of the hot peppers. This is how they are planted for 2011.
The seeds in the tiny ziplock are peperone. They are supposed to be the Greek salad pepper. I have had these seeds for three years now. We will see if they're viable. I wonder what the smallest ziplock baggie looks like? Water the germination tray. Then into the bottom heater flat it goes. I set the thermostat up to 82 degrees.