What A Difference a Week Makes

It’s a little hard to believe that a mere seven days ago were were shoveling out from the largest snowfall of the season. Things warmed up drastically over the week, and we had non-stop rain yesterday. So the yard went from looking like this…

The snow has metled considerably from the 8 inches we had just a few days ago.

…to this!

07yard
Polls, puddles, ponding…and other “p” words, probably.

Considering that we’ve got to get things going in the yard in a couple weeks, hopefully we’ll be in for drier weather for the rest of the month.

Meanwhile, things indoor are lookin’ good! We got our seeds started last week, and things started sprouting without much hesitation. (Well, some things.)  Here’s what the trays look like today.

Lots of greens going in the first tray.
Lots of greens going in the first tray.
The second tray is mostly peppers, and they take awhile to germinate.
The second tray is mostly peppers, and they take awhile to germinate. But greens and tomatillos (on the ends) are coming in nicely.
It's all tomatoes all the time in Tray #3!
It’s all tomatoes all the time in Tray #3!
And finally, more tomatoes and a few herbs are coming along. The no-shows are peppers, again.
And finally, more tomatoes and a few herbs are coming along in Tray #4. The no-shows are peppers, again.

All in all, we’re insanely happy that the stuff that’s growing is growing well. We expected that the greens would show first, and a few of the most hardy seeds started to show within two days of planting. We didn’t expect the tomatoes to come up as quickly as they have. Like, we thought we’d have a few tomato seedlings to show off, but not an entire tray! The fact that the peppers haven’t started yet isn’t surprising. Last year, it was almost a month before the pepper seedlings started showing. We hope that the addition of the heat mats this year prompts them along a little quicker, but it’s mostly just a waiting game for them now.

So what’s in each of the trays? As we mentioned, we stuck close to what we knew would grow but upped the number of varieties. Adding to that is the store of seeds we saved from lat year and the previous year. The tray maps are as follows.

Tray 1 2015

Tray 2 2015

Tray 3 2015

Tray 4 2015

The little bursts are green are making things oh so happy in the house now, and we’re easing into the role of seed monitoring now as they continue to grow. The shelf set-up has been great both for accessing the trays for watering, and we’re able to adjust the light heights as needed. So far, so good!

 

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2 thoughts on “What A Difference a Week Makes

  1. fmajewicz 03/16/2015 / 9:50 am

    Spring is definitely coming here, too. We put a yardstick in the snow last week. It read 23 inches. Since the temps were in the high 30s, low 40s it went down 2 inches in one day. Now the yardstick is at 12 inches. Quite a meltdown for one week. Though winter is not letting go just yet; this week we will be in the 20s, and we had quite a snowstorm yesterday. That’s okay, still better than -10.

    • Garden State-ments 03/19/2015 / 5:19 am

      Well, it seems we might have spoken too soon, as a snow storm is headed our way. Hopefully it won’t be too bad, and chances are (fingers crossed) it’ll be mostly rain. Can’t believe how much snow you’ve gotten this winter! Glad to hear that the cold weather may relent soon. Bet it’ll sure be nice to see green again.

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