Starting Over, Sort Of

So last time we revealed the problems we encountered with this year’s crop of seedlings — that’s to say, they just weren’t making it. While things initially looked like they got off to a rip-roaring start, all was not well, and the bulk the seedlings that had come up were dying. So this past weekend, we decided to start over, in a sense, despite it being late in the seedling, um…season. This involved saving the seedlings that were doing okay and replanting the trays.

After reviewing the trays, we counted a few dozen seedlings — mostly tomato seedlings — that looked okay to move out of the trays. They still had leaves and weren’t too wilted. Then we made a trip to our favorite dollar store to pick up about a million…or maybe just 50 little terra cotta pots. (In the past we used dixie cups to hold seedlings that were too young to put outside but too big for the seed trays. This year we decided to go with something more reusable, hence, the terra cotta pots.) And we also got a few plastic trays to hold the pots. We already had plenty of coir/seed starting mix, as well as a stash of soil, so we we’re ready to go with our dollar store haul.

Small, yes, but the perfect size for holding small seedlings.
Small, yes, but the perfect size for holding small seedlings.

Back at the abode, we divvied out the pots onto the plastic trays and set about labeling them, filling them each with a bit of fresh soil, and moving the “good” seedlings to their new homes. Once that was done, we fully replanted most of trays according to our trays maps. We had to make a few adjustments, as in some cases, such as with the tomatillos and the special Planet Hybrid peppers, we didn’t have any more seeds. In their places we planted more tomatoes and arugula.

Go, little seedlings! Go!

So here we are, keeping close watch on the transplanted seedlings and waiting to see what comes of the newly-planted seeds. We’re back on track with watering and aren’t using the mylar “blankets” to keep things overly warm. Instead, we ‘re just going to hope for the best. Frankly, in a couple of weeks we’ll be able to start planting seeds of lettuces, other greens, and peas outdoors. And shortly after that, it’ll be time to plants beans, cucumbers, squash, and transplanting any tomatoes and peppers. So whatever makes it indoors, makes it, and we’ll be grateful enough for that. 🙂

Part of gardening is accepting the challenge of gardening. Nobody said it was going to be easy!