Posts Tagged ‘Seedlings’

Tomatoes are fussy little plants

February 17, 2011 1 comment

I started Monday on hardening all my plants. This is the process of moving them out of their nice controlled temperature inside, and under the nice happy LED grow light, to the big bright sun, the wind, and the colder weather. Most did fine, and are coping well. But the Tomatoes have been stressing. Their stems turn purple and their leaves curl up. The internet is full of ideas on how and how long to harden them off. Some people say a few days some people claim it can take 2 weeks. I’m going to go close to a week based on what I’m seeing. I’m guessing by this weekend they may have been “exposed” to the new weather enough to plant.

They’ve been out full days, and this is the first night out, they are sheltered by the house radiant heat – a few degrees warmer and less wind. I had them inside most of yesterday to recover from the previous day. They look less stressed than they did yesterday, so I think this is going well. Hopefully I will line up for a weekend planting of tomatoes if our cats don’t eat the plants.

Tomato Plants on back porch

Tomato Plants on back porch, and "grey one". Don't eat my plants overnight please.

Here’s the blue/purple discoloration.

Tomato Transplant Stress

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Melon Plant Uprisings

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

I think I the right things going on growing from seeds now. I planted these seeds four days ago, and they are coming up fast – I can see multiple Squash,Zucchini and Watermelon sprouts coming up. It’s very fun to watch seedlings rise, they burst out and they literally change over a couple hours.


Watermelons, Squash, Cucumbers




Other transplants

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First Spring planting and transplanting

January 29, 2011 1 comment

Moved a select remaining few 6-8 week transplants up to bigger pots.



  • listada de gandia eggplants
  • Chocolate Stripes Tomatoes
  • Riesentraube Tomatoes
  • Sungold Tomatoes
  • 1 Royal Hillbilly, some still lingering in the seedling tray, I want 1 more to grow as a backup.


Made seedling tray room for4 week transplants, and now soaking these seeds in water with liquid fish fertilizer



  • striata d’italia zucchini
  • Ali Baba Watermelon
  • Edisto 47 (melon)
  • lemon squash
  • Biets Cucumber

Direct Sow in the garden


Beets and Carrots

  • Carrot parisienne – 16/square foot – 2.5 sq ft.
  • Carrot Amarillo – 16/square foot – 2.5 sq ft.
  • Beet – Cylindra 9/square foot – 2 sq ft
  • Beet – Golden 9/square foot – 2 sq ft
  • Potatoes – Red La Sodas – 1 perĀ  – total 3 sq ft
  • Potato Fingerling from “Evermans” 2 per – total 3 sq ft



Potatoes in ground

Worked on grow area, added peel and stick tiles to bottom and found some white painted side boards.


Grow Area

Reference for historical reference,

Garden 1 layout in square feet 4×12.

Parsienne Carrots (16) Parsienne Carrots (16) 1/2 Parsienne 1/2 yellow Yellow Carrots (16) Yellow Carrots (16) Beet(9) Cylindrical Potato(1) Potato(1) Potato(1) Fingerling (2) Fingerling (2) Fingerling (2)
Letttuce(1/20) Letttuce(1/20) Letttuce Letttuce Beet(9) Golden Beet(9) Cylindrical Beet(9) Golden Garlic (8) – 1/20 Garlic (9) Garlic (9) Garlic (9) Garlic (9)
Strawberry Alpine Strawberry Alpine Strawberry Alpine Strawberry Alpine Strawberry Alpine Strawberry Alpine Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry
Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Alpine Strawberry Alpine Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry Strawberry