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My house actually gained 2 dgrees heat beyond the setting on my thermostat the last 2 days, spring is here. I enjoyed working in the garden in the sunshine. Here is an extremely fragrant Daffodil, Martinette.
I'm late starting my tomatoes this year, but my little seedlings are doing great. I am again starting seeds in small ziplock bags from a bead store, 2x3". I cut a piece of paper towel to fit inside and this year I wanted fewer seedlings so I did 7 seeds just in case some didn't sprout, but in spite of using some old seeds from 2004 I had good germination, so I didn't really end up with fewer seedlings, present count is at 52. Some will be for my son and daughter-in-law's garden. I was busy so left them a little long so many had roots at 1" long, 2.5 cm, some were just barely sprouting. I also can only do 10 or so per day since I microwave the potting soil/ perlite/ peat moss starting mix and do a few each evening, so the last seedlings are considerably behind the first, though started at the same time, though I start with the most developed sprouts so the slowest would naturally come last. I start tomato seeds in ziplocks because I used to plant 4 seeds to a 2" pot and then have to split up the 1-4 sprouts and re-pot them later, and now I just pot one seedling per pot and save that step, and only use pots for viable seedlings. The little seedlings have to be handled very carefully and when they are 1" long they are frequently twisted and hard to orient, but I just try to place the seed leaves just above or below the surface depending on if they are free of the seed coat, and the very wimpy pale seedlings in just a few days look like this, started March 1 and taken on March 24-
My tomato list for this year is:
New- Sweetie cherry tomato
New- Rio Grande paste tomato
Bicolor- Lucky Cross
Black Sea Man
Unk small round tomato
Verna's Orange Oxheart
To see my ziplock starting method and my tomatoes last year when ready to plant out, click here
The star first bloomer of my perennials I started under lights November 15, 2013, the impressive Browallia speciosa, with bigger blooms than the B. americana I grew last year but shorter height.
I hope winter has loosened its grip on your garden now too. Hannah
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