My broccoli seedlings and cherry tomatoes have sprouted! It looks like the jalapenos are about to pop up soon. Still waiting for the bell peppers to sprout. FYI: peppers of all kinds take a long time to sprout. Some varieties can take a month! Others say the more spicy the pepper, the longer it will take to sprout, but I have not found this to be true.
One your plants have two sets of leaves (or are at least 2″ tall), you can transplant them into a larger container, and separate them CAREFULLY (not disturbing the roots). For now, I think I am going to transplant my broccoli into solo cups with holes poked in the bottom.
Other grower happenings:
I found MOLD in my wheat grass. Gross.
I recently transplanted the wheat grass to a larger container so that it won’t be so crowded. This will help the mold problem. And the new container has more ventilation on the bottom. I also turn the fan on for a few hours every day. This has seemed to help. If this completely fails, I will just buy new wheat grass seeds and start over since I know what I did wrong: overcrowding the seeds and improper ventilation/drainage.
Supposedly, the mold is not that harmful because it is a small amount at the base, and you can always rinse it off.
I have recently planted some sugar snap pea seeds in this window box container. Sugar snap peas can be planted immediately into the ground or a container because they can handle cold temperatures (especially as young plants), and you really don’t want to disturb their root system once sprouted.
Today, I have to go find some type of lattice to put in the container so that when they grow, they will have something to grow vertically on. Make sure not to put this in too late, or again, you will disturb the root system. Oh, and sugar snap peas can handle a narrow container like this (as long as you only plant one row of seeds).
Lemon, the cat, loves to watch the plants grow 🙂
Last night I planted seeds for arugula, and a mix of lettuces. Once I move my broccoli plants, I will place the lettuce seeds more under the grow light. I have found that this light has helped tremendously to give warmth and also help the seeds sprout better. You can tell because the plants that are not directly under the lamp are growing much more slowly and do not look as strong.
I have also purchased two kinds of fertilizer that I will be using once my plants grow larger.
This is the organic fertilizer I bought to add to the soil I am using when I plant the seedlings:
And here is the fertilizer I will be using about once a week: