Checking in with the seedlings

Can you believe it’s Spring, officially?! Over the past week, we’ve been battling the remnants of Winter Storm Stella, which included a days-long bout of dealing with snow melt and refreshing. Nope, we didn’t get much snow from the storm — a few inches at most — but we did end up with lots of ice. And because we were in the deep freeze for most of the week, the same own that did fall stuck around much longer than expected. In fact, the past couple days we’ve enjoyed some very Spring-like weather with temps in the 50s, so most of the snow is gone by now.  Unfortunately,  it left our yard a muddy mess. We had though we might get out over the weekend to do some clean-up, but it didn’t happen. Maybe this coming weekend, if it doesn’t rain. Ah well, it’s always something.

Anyhow, while things remain unsettled outdoor, indoors our little seedlings are coming along quite well. Let’s take a closer look!

Tray 4

Sorry for the really dark photo. It’s a difficult tray in so many ways!

Starting on the top shelf, we have the pepper tray, Tray 4. It’s up here because peppers like warmth and this shelf gets the warmest (hot air raises and all that). And unlike last year when most of the peppers were no-shows, we have pepper seedlings! Well, somewhat. Interestingly,  all the seedlings here are hot peppers –chiles,  cayennes,  and rellenos. The rest of the rows contain seeds of sweet peppers. No signs of life there yet. We know that pepper seeds can be slow to germinate, and honestly, we didn’t expect to see even the smallest hint of anything from this tray til the end of March, at least. So it’s nice to see the early risers, but we’ll be keeping an eye on them to make sure they don’t die off early.

Tray 3

Tis a tad one-sided…

This tray contains a few rows of peppers and mostly flowers. We took a picture of the side that’s showing the most life, which happens to be the flowers. Things aren’t looking too shabby, though we did have a row of marigolds die off. But that’s okay — they’re easy enough to plant outside. Plus, we have enough seeds to replant this row of need be. Starting the flowers here was just an experiment. If they take, great! But no harm if not. We’re more concerned about the peppers, so hopefully we’ll see some seedlings on the left side of the tray soon!

Tray 2 and Tray 1

Little tomatoes, lookin’ good!
And more tomatoes, also lookin’ quite alright!

These are the tomato trays, and they’re both doing great! And this is after only two weeks of growth. Needless to say, we’re both happy and a little wary. Last year our tomato seedlings all came up like champs, but then the majority died off before replanting. So we’re watching these very carefully. We’re keeping the warm but not to warm, and watered enough but not too watered. We’re also going to try some intermediate transplanting — placing some in small clay pots. To add to the testing, we purchased a few plastic garden cloche. We’ll place the seedlings under them and see how they do. But that process is a little ways off. These seedlings remain fragile newborns, so we don’t want to disturb them too much.

Keeping an eye on the seedlings is just one task of many; there’s no shortage of stuff to do…we just need Mother Nature to remain calm for awhile so we can do it! 

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