21 Days

After 3 weeks, things are looking pretty good. I’ve moved many of the peat pots in to larger styrofoam cups, with extra soil and root starter. I’m hoping to move them in to the big glass shelving unit soon, so that I can start my next batch.


Second set of leaves

Things are still looking good. Most of my seedlings have or are starting to develop their second set of leaves. Which if I understand correctly, is an important step. I’m hoping to move them away from the grow light soon, since I still have cucumbers, kale, and others to plant.

Out of the original round of planting, here is where they stand:

  • Four pots each of spices: Cilantro, Basil, Oregano, and Arugula
    • Cilantro: All sprouted
    • Basil : Most sprouted
    • Oregano : None
    • Arugula : All
  • Four pots Old Snow Peas. This is a store bought pack from several years ago. We planted directly in the soil but it did not work out so well.
    • All sprouted and are growing like wildfire
  • Four pots Old Squash. These might actually be Melons. In any event, these seeds have been taken from the veg/fruit, and are not store bought.
    • All sprouted and are growing like wildfire, but two of them seem to have droopy leaves.
  • Four pots Old Hot Peppers. Again these were taken from the plant, and are not store bought. While I did not mark them as such, I suspect the are Jalepanos.
    • ūüė¶ None have sprouted. Maybe they were not fertilized??
  • Four pots each of peppers: Hungarian Hot Wax Organic, Tiburon, Monet, and Cayanetta.
    • Most have sprouted. These seem to be the slow guys in the crop. But I guess that’s because they typically require warmer client.
  • Two pots each basket tomatoes: Tiny Tim Cherry, and Tumbling Tom.
    • All have sprouted and are looking good
  • Six pots of Sweet Heart Tomato.
    • All have sprouted and are looking good

Hopefully will get them all in to larger styrofoam cups this weekend, with more soil. So far I am happy with the results

Growing too fast

Our snow peas and old squash are quickly outgrowing their space in the flat tray containers. So I have moved them in to styrofoam cups, with additional soil and seed starter mix, which is supposed to be good for the root development.

I then placed them in plastic kiwi containers, which offer a bit more height, but still not enough to close the cover. I think as far as these two plants go, low temperatures of 18C should be ok. The grow lamp actually gives off a little heat, so they should be ok.

Speaking of grow lamps, I had a little surprise with mine. I purchased four, and had two in use. Yesterday I pulled out another one to use on the newly transplanted items. To my surprise, the light tube was not even a T5. I contacted the good people of McKenzie, and they will be shipping me a replacement tube. So good customer service on their part!

I was having problems with the white balance on the camera last night, so no pictures today.




Next Up, Snow Peas

I know, I know, this picture is horrible. I’m going to break out the Nikon for the rest of this project, rather than use the iphone camera.¬†SnowPeas

I was somewhat surprised to see these snow peas sprout. This is an old (opened) store bought pack, from several years back. Maybe as much as 5 years old.

Since I did not expect them to make it, I’m wondering what I’m going to do with them. I’ve have a designated indoor spice area set up, but these are going to require more space to grow, and I am guessing they will be ready before I can put them outdoors.




The Seeds Have Arrived!


We arrived home last night in the middle of winter, to find a big box from Veseys had been delivered. It feels like spring already!


What was in the box you ask?


  • Nagoya Mixed Colours Kale Flowering Brassicas
  • Ripbor Organic Kale
  • Hot Pepper Collection (4 Pkgs.)
  • Early Butternut Winter Squash
  • Tiny Tim Cherry Tomato
  • Tumbling Tom Tomato
  • Sweet Heart Tomato
  • Talladega Cucumber
  • Nautic Organic Brussels Sprouts
  • Early Russian Sunflower
  • Square Jiffy Pots 2.25″

Everything we ordered was there, no backorders. So far so good.

I’ve placed the box of seeds in a cool dry spot for a few weeks. We purchased an enclosed glass unit to start the seeds off indoors. I’ll need to assemble it first.