On March 1st I sowed my peppers in one of the small germinators. All but the Big Dipper sweet bells were up within 6-8 days, but the BD's never did. I guess the seeds in the pack were too old. I kicked myself for not remembering to save seeds from last year's crop! After all, they're an OP variety and stay true. *kick* *kick*
What did sprout were:
(hot) Lemon drop
(hot) Hungarian wax
(sweet) a yellow bell (seeds collected from a grocery store pepper)
There are other sprouts in this pic - namely some lettuces (Black seeded Simpson & Red Asiatic), pink nepeta, crazy daisy, some salvias (white & coral nymph) and Black Prince butterfly bush.
Today I re-sowed Big Dippers from the new pack along with the Sweet Ruby red bell I'd also picked up yesterday. I also sowed the mixed columbines & lupines. I'm sure keeping the germinators busy! I could have wintersowed these last two, but really and truly, winter and I are no longer on speaking terms...! I also resowed some roselle seeds I got in trade. I'm trying a couple of ways (heat, no heat, light, darkness, etc.) to get these to germinate. So far, no luck. I'd love to be able to make my own deep red hibiscus tea this year.
Winter and I have grown so far apart that two days ago (during a lull from stuff falling from the sky) I went out and pulled up a dozen lavender plants I'd overwintered in 2 large pots in the veg bed. They had looked so ratty last time I'd seen them I decided to bring them in under the lights and get them going.
You know I'm going a little crazy (curse you, winter!) when I feel bad for outside plants and bring them in!
I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to have to do ALL my gardening in the basement this season? Good grief!
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