February 2009


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I think I’ll probably plant something along with the zucchini and summer squash but I haven’t thought too much about that yet. Maybe some additional peas that will be finished before the other plants get too big.

The other 4′ light has been hung, so the seedlings are getting a better dose of the warm and cool ends of the spectrum. The onions are starting to sprout now, as well as a couple more of the broccoli seeds. I have a one or two broccoli seeds that did not germinate yet, and it has been a week now. Maybe I’ve got some duds that need to be replaced.

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Both kinds of broccoli and cauliflower sprouted yesterday and have been going like gangbusters. A couple of the Dakota Tears seeds have just broken the surface today, and hopefully the Clear Dawn seeds will follow suit soon.

That's the Packman broccoli in the center row

That's the Packman broccoli in the center row and the Cassius cauliflower to its right.

Snow Crown cauliflower

Snow Crown cauliflower

I’m going out to get a second light tomorrow. I don’t know what I was thinking with just getting one.

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Don’t worry, I’m not neglecting anything. Most of the slots are empty right now.

Am I right in thinking I don’t need to fertilize until the second set of true leaves develop? I can’t do much about that right now anyway, since the seaweed fertilizer is in the shed, and the doors are blocked by snow after our “surprise blizzard conditions” last night, according to the weather guy. How can a blizzard be a surprise to meteorologists???

I’ve been MIA again, after being sick with a cold for a week or so. I took advantage of my day off for Presidents’ Day by starting some more seeds. We have the lights up now, and I bought a heat mat because the basement is still too cold to leave the seedlings down there without any assistance. I also bought a Jiffy kit. I’d like to say I possess enough ingenuity to construct whatever I need from bits of things around the house, but I honestly just don’t have the patience. This first year of SFG I’ve spent more than I wanted to, but at least everything will be reused next year.

Anyway, I tossed the first round of seedlings because I couldn’t control the temps without the heat mat and started again. I started Fiesta and Packman broccoli, Snow Crown and Cassius cauliflower, and Dakota Tears and Clear Dawn onions. My long nails came in handy when separating and placing individual seeds. They were like tiny little shovels!
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Like my high tech insulation system?
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Based on the seeds I bought and some feedback I got a while ago, I redesigned the layout of the garden.

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I think I’ve mostly addressed the previous issue of the trellises blocking the sun.  In reality, the long bed is centered to the two 4X8 beds. I just moved it over to the right in the drawing so I could fit the tomatoes better. The one thing I’m not sure about is the growing habit of the cantaloupe and watermelon.  Do they fill in thick?  Should I move the acorn squash somewhere else?  I can move the scallions over to the two empty spaces in the first full bed and slide the onions around to put the two acorn squash plants in the uppermost part of the second bed.  What do you think?  And if all is well as is, I’ve ended up with extra space…..what should I put in those spots?

Broccoli seedlings

Broccoli seedlings