Thursday, May 5, 2011
Indoor Seed Starting Update
The rest of my peppers, however, are growing really well. I'm amazed by how much healthier they are now compared to last year. Then again, I didn't have to battle aphids this time around.
I think I timed my tomatoes just right this year. Last year, I started the seeds too early and as a result, they ended up outgrowing their pots and looked rather stressed when it came time to set them out. I'll start hardening them off this weekend and hopefully will be able to get them into the ground a week or so after that.
I've also started my melons, squash and cucumbers. All of my cucumbers sprouted very quickly. So did the Blacktail Mountain watermelon and Athena cantaloupe. My Yellow Sunshine watermelon and Petit Gris French melon on the other hand are not doing much of anything. It can be so aggravating not knowing whether it's you or the seed that's the problem. I guess you can't have everything turn out the way you would want it.
This upcoming weekend, I think I'll start my corn indoors as well. I know you're not supposed to as corn doesn't transplant well but it seemed to work fine for me last year. I find it easiest to pre-sprout the seeds before sowing them. Also, starting them in soil blocks should make the transplanting process much less stressful.