March 27th, 2010 browsing by day


Tomatoes Replanted

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

I replaced all but one tomato seedling today with backup seedlings that I had kept growing indoors. I now realize I put the tomatoes out too early. Night temps were still dipping into the 40s most nights, and even into the 30s a few nights. I had always thought that “after the last freeze date” was the right time to plant tomatoes, but not so. I think they like lows in the 50s at the coldest, otherwise they don’t do much. Mine looked pitiful–smaller than when I put them out due to loss of some leaves. Leaves had turned purple for the most part.

I left one Black Cherry because I did not have enough backup seedlings. May go buy one more healthy seedling to replace that one if it doesn’t perk up.

Earthbox Squash at Week Two

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Squash is progressing much more slowly than it did in the fall garden, perhaps due to the chilly night temps. The crappy Miracle Gro Potting Mix might also be a contributing factor. It seems much less fluffy than the Hi Yield mix I used last time (Red Barn Nursery, where I used to get the Hi Yield, does not seem to carry it now) and it may not be wicking the water up as efficiently as the Hi Yield mix did.

Earthbox Squash

Earthbox Squash at Two Weeks

Earthbox Peppers Planted

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Harvested the last of the Earthbox lettuce and replaced it with peppers. Will be the first try with peppers in an Earthbox. Here’s the setup:

Earthbox peppers

The lettuce was a success. I found the Black Seeded Simpson to be the best producer. The Lollo Rossa was good, but produced much less than the others. The Salad Bowl was a good producer, but the leaf form is not as full as Black Seeded Simpson. Next go round I’ll probably plant mostly Black Seeded Simpson with a couple of Lollo Rossa for variety. Love the color of the Lollo Rossa.

Final Earthbox Lettuce Harvest