This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

sprouts

baby eggplant sprout
seedlings beet seedlings

12 Comments:

Anonymous Deborah said...

Your pictures are amazing! You have inspired me to plant today.

April 03, 2011 1:38 PM

 
Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Great seed production Kathy, I envy your steadfast schedule. We returned from New York last weekend ( first visit, amazing city of contrasts and history) a couple of days so cold eeekkk. My seeds are suffering this Spring swinging from cold to silly warmth. Predicted 71 degrees this week! If I fail this year, I can enjoy your success and wisdom. Thanks!!
Marian (London UK)

April 03, 2011 5:46 PM

 
Blogger Alexis E. said...

Great looking plants! We've just begun to put our plants outside here in CA with covers. I'm hoping they all make it.

April 03, 2011 6:12 PM

 
Blogger Mahes said...

Need your advice. My seedling sprouted and then they all died. I had them in the garage.

April 04, 2011 3:08 PM

 
Anonymous Janet B said...

I just found your blog and will enjoy following your journal. I too am journaling my garden, anxiously awaiting our rain to let up. Although we are across the contry, I think it will be fun to compare notes. I'll add your blog to my list of interests. Thanks!

April 05, 2011 1:00 AM

 
Anonymous Robert said...

Look at those plants, they look great!

April 05, 2011 11:25 PM

 
Anonymous Dave said...

I was wondering how successful your Quadrato Rosso D'Asti (sweet red peppers) have been germinating. I also have these and so far my germination rates have been a little lack luster with this variety.

April 06, 2011 11:45 AM

 
Blogger ZZ said...

This is the best part of being a gardener. At least to me it is. When you see things growing.

:D

April 07, 2011 7:52 AM

 
Blogger marissa said...

I'm a first time gardener and I'm very excited about my latest sprouts which are beets that look like yours! If you have the time to answer a question... When I planted my beets, I planted the whole seed ball and now I have clusters of seedlings that are now a little over an inch tall. Should I snip them to only one seedling each, or should I transplant the whole cluster? Thanks!

April 17, 2011 2:14 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Bets do fine in clumps of 3 or 4. The roots will push each other apart as they grow. If you have a clump of more than 5, I think you should thin by pulling the extras.

April 17, 2011 2:25 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Mahes,

If the seeds sprouted and then died, I am thinking they didn't have enough light or water. You need to have a lot of light for seedlings. A good strong bulb, preferably a florescent tube, very close to the seedlings. Water them about every other day: water thoroughly and then let the soil dry out and then water again. Keep an eye on them daily.

Good soil and clean pots are important too. I use a sterilized soil mix (usually MiracleGro) and new or bleach-rinsed seed cells.

The temperature is important too. Some seeds (especially poppers) need warm temperatures to germinate/sprout, but will grow in cooler temperatures. Temperatures too hot (above 90*F) could be a problem for seedlings.)

Let me know if any of these seem like they could have been a problem. Maybe others can give advice too.

April 17, 2011 2:37 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Dave,

My Quadrato Rosso D'Asti did a great job of germinating this year (two year old seeds from Ohio heirloom seeds). I did notice that they were slower than other varieties. My Thai hot and cayenne sprouted first. Then Ancho/Poblanos, and then tex mex Joe Parker. Last were my Quadrato Rosso D'Asti (sweet reds) and very last - Quadrato Giallo D'Ast (sweet yellow peppers).

Since pepper germination is temperature dependent, other growers may find even more variability. I put my peppers trays under my tropical fish tank at 78*F (toasty!) until they sprout.

April 17, 2011 2:45 PM

 

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