|new turnip sprouts|
Next up, the peppers tray (planted almost a month ago) which has good and bad. The good news is hubby will have a good amount of jalapeno pepper plants, and I should have a decent amount of pasilla bajo peppers. The bad news is the sweet peppers didn't do as well. So far, one Cubanelle pepper plant and four "Tangerine Dream" sweet pepper plants. No bell peppers sprouted, and no Marconi Red Italian sweet peppers, which I had high hopes for as a substitute for the Carmen sweet peppers I enjoyed so much in 2013.
|Pepper plant sprouts|
|Swiss chard sprouts|
|broccoli, spinach, and mustard spinch sprouts|
Now, about those tomato seeds I planted the middle of last month .... They came up alright, although when I first took the clear plastic cover off there were only two Old Germans sprouted. That is the reason why I will likely have more Old German variety than Mortgage Lifter. I didn't know what was going on until someone posted about a similar problem with his rhubarb sprouts, and the answers were all, "That is damping off." No solution given, because apparently most people just replant when they get damping off instead of attempting to save the seedlings. Uhhh ... y'all will notice the empty seed packets in the tray. I don't have more, and have not yet located more of either variety. It seems this year's heirloom variety will be Brandywine/Pink Brandywine. No sign of Mortgage Lifter or Old German in any of the stores yet, and I've even checked the East Palatka Ace Hardware. (*Bleep!*) So, I am letting the tray dry out a bit (hopefully only enough to kill the fungus responsible but not the seedlings) and will just see if any of the Mortgage Lifter plants survive.
The other two trays are pretty much are busts, although the Seven Top turnip (greens mainly) seeds did sprout, they are also too "leggy" and look damped off as well. Nothing has sprouted so far in the salad tray. I'll try it again in a week or so, with different varieties. On all the seeds that did not have even a single sprout, I will scatter those into the compost heaps, and any volunteers will just be a pleasant surprise.
|tomato sprouts with damping off|