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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ooops. One more GUL item

Glanced at the calender and yikes!  Forgot I needed to start cukes.

This year: My favorite long seedless self-pollinating variety (Sweet Success), and a newbie - Manny.  Also a seedless self-pollinating variety that only gets 6" long (a "muncher" variety).  Mom will grow this in a pot.  The extra 2 are for me to try.

Since they are self-fertilized, I don't think I have to worry about cross-pollinating the Sweet Success.  Last year my Sweet Succes cukes were FULL of seeds because I'd also grown a Lemon Cuke which, it turns out, is about 98% seeds covered by a thin rind.  What bust.

Anyway, the germinator is on again, until the seeds sprout.

48 hours later -- gotta love that little germinator (well over 20 years old now).

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

2016 GUL - closed for the season

8 days after sowing downstairs, the 4 flats of annuals (zins & marigolds) have tiny true leaves so they are now up and out on the deck.

Since the tender sprouts have no defense against UV light at this time, I once again used empty trays to good use.  

By inverting them over the flats, the light is dappled, giving the little guys protection not only from too much light, too much heat, but from wind.

Hey ho.  

The Propagation Page is closed for another season.  

Stop by end of the year.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Overdue 2016 GUL update

I have been very very lax this year when it comes to starting things and following up on this year's seedlings in the basement.

I did start greens earlier in the year and am still enjoying the harvest of leaves from beet, collard and chard.

Sometime in March I sowed various peppers (a small sweet orange bell, hot lemon, big dipper and seeds from a delicious large red store bought sweet bell).

I also sowed the Red Robin miniature pot tomatoes, some black seeded Simpson lettuce for Mom and Italian parsley for both of us.  Then we got sick again a last week and any semblance of a regular sched went out the window.

Around the 2nd week of April I did sow the tomatoes: Bush Goliath, Mtg Lifter, a saved sauce tomato and last year's mystery salad tomato.  

Yesterday I figured if I didn't get on top of things right now, this year would be a gardening disaster. 

First thing I did was take control of the leggy peppers and tomatoes.  All got potted up.   That took more time than I planned.  Later I turned on the heat tray and filled 4 trays of annuals: 2 of French marigold, and 2 of zins (Zahara & Cut'n'Come again).  I thought I had seeds for State Fair, but nada.  Will have to pick some up.

Trying something new on germinating the annuals.  Last year I just laid plastic over the trays, but then the seedlings ran into the plastic when they popped up.  This year I've inverted empty trays over the filled trays then draped the plastic.  Now when the seeds pop, they have lots of headroom.  We'll see how this shakes out.

I've never been so disorganized starting seeds.  I've not marked down when anything was sowed, how well the seeds germinated (I remember I had to oversow the Bush Goliaths 2 weeks ago), how they progressed, etc etc.  I don't know if it was/is this crazy winter(!) weather, our couple bouts of illness, upheaval in the 'hood.  Whatever, I'm just not 'feeling' it this spring.  Ah well.

At least I'll have plants to grab should my attitude improve.  I'll keep ya posted.

PS: Sowed Thursday, up on Sunday:


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