Sunday, February 28, 2010

Potting Up

first true leaf

Our first round of seedlings were ready to be potted up on Thursday. We pulled broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and peppers from the tiny 288 cell trays and placed them in considerably roomier 72 cell trays. There are a few stragglers that weren't quite ready, and the leeks and chives are just beginning to sprout up, but everything else looks happy to have the extra space. On Wednesday, I started 21 varieties of tomatoes and reseeded a few of the peppers that didn't germinate so well. I also put in several herbs. The tomatoes are really coming up now--last night there were 4, but I found 20 this morning. I know that it will be a while before most of the herbs start breaking through, but the purslane that I seeded along with them had almost 100% germ after only 2 days. I'm pretty happy with the performance of our heat beds. I'll be really impressed if they can manage to coax out the herbs within the next week or so.

Our Plantings Thus Far
Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Romanesco Italis Broccoli
Copenhagen Market Cabbage
Snowball Cauliflower
Nero di Toscana Kale
Blue Curled Scotch Kale
Carentan Leeks
Paris Island Romaine (0% germ)
Chinese Chives
Common Chives

Fish Pepper
Red Mushroom Pepper
Serrano Pepper
Jalapeno Pepper
Anaheim Pepper
Orange Bell Pepper
Red Marconi Pepper
Red Mini Bell Pepper
Corbaci Pepper

White Currant Tomato
Green Grape Tomato
Fox Cherry Tomato
Tiny Tim Tomato
Coyote Tomato
Borgo Cellano Tomato
Black Cherry Tomato
Mexico Midget Tomato

Pink Accordian Tomato
Reisetomate Tomato
Arkansas Traveler Tomato
Black from Tula Tomato
Omar's Lebanese Tomato
Ananas Noir Tomato
German Red Strawberry Tomato
Wapsipinicon Peach Tomato
Black Plum Tomato
Black Aisburg Tomato
Black Russian Tomato
Carbon Tomato

Lemon Bee Balm
Wild Zaatar Oregano
Green Purslane
Butterfly Weed
Alaska Shasta Daisy

I'm trialing a lot of new (to us) tomatoes this year to determine which ones grow well through our hot summers and which we like the best tastewise. I also have 48 tomato plants and 12 pepper plants on order through the co-op. Since this was our first year growing from seed indoors, I thought it would be wise to have a back up plan.

Pre-Ordered Varieties

Sport Pepper
Quadrato d'Asti Rosso Pepper
Corno di Toro Pepper
Aconcagua Pepper

Cherokee Purple Tomato (2)
Evergreen Tomato
Lime Green Salad Tomato
Old Ivory Egg Tomato
Black Plum Tomato
Black Zebra Tomato
Green Zebra Tomato
Red Target Tomato
Chocolate Cherry Tomato
Green Grape Tomato
Snow White Cherry Tomato

We're off to check the soil and hopefully do some Bermuda digging, if it's not too wet. The peas need to be in the ground now, but it keeps snowing and the beds aren't even kind of ready yet.


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