I started with a whole new approach today. I am a bad scientist because I changed a few different things instead of just one at a time. What can I say. I am impatient!
The first different thing I tried was I went back to my “seed starter” tray that I got from one of those silly kits a couple of years ago. I did this for a couple of reasons. First, Aaron at Tyrant Farms suggested that my soil wasn’t deep enough in the pots I was using, so I might have been unintentionally creating a shadow for the little greenies. My friend Monika also mentioned that she often starts off with a plastic covering to hold in heat and moisture. Given that Georgia O’Keefe has been wandering around in my abode looking for things to paint, moisture is probably something I should help my plants maintain.
My tray is set up in rows of three, so I put a sticker on one end and kept track of what I was planting on a chart. There are lots of other ones I want to try (and thanks to Grow Journey I get a new packet every month) so I figure I will try those once I either give up on what I have or (more optimistically) once I can transfer sprouts to bigger pots. You’re probably wondering what made the first cut. Well…
Iko Iko Pepper
Japanese Black Trifele Tomato
Amish Paste Tomato
Cosmic Purple Carrot
Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry
German Winter Thyme (this will be try #4 for this)
Evergreen Bunching Scallions
Purple Long Eggplant
Vit Mache Greens (the story behind this is really cool)
Russian Frills Kale
Hon Tsai Tsai Sprouting Broccoli
Large Leaf Basil
This is, of course, a lot, and I will have to buy many more pots if they all succeed. However, that would be a problem I would love to have.
So, what are you up to? Planning your garden? Planting your garden? Let me know how it’s going!