'Isis Candy' cherry tomato, peppers 'Jimmy Nardello's' and 'Alma Paprika', and basil 'Sweet Dani' and 'Finissimo Verde a Palla' were planted in the vegetable garden almost a week ago. They all went into the same raised bed, which I overplanted thinking that I should plant extra for insurance. Now of course they'll all thrive and I'll have the heart-wrenching decision of which ones to pull to make room for the others.
|As you can see, the peppers and tomatoes were chomping at the bit to get out of those little 4-inch pots.|
|Unfortunately their home-to-be was occupied by a mining camp.|
|So out came the over-sized miner's lettuce.|
|And in went the peppers and tomatoes.|
|They're only about 8-10 inches apart, if that. As I said, I over-planted for insurance. (Actually I just had plenty of seedlings and couldn't bear to get rid of all of them. I still only used about half of them)|
|And up go the PVC supports for the hoop house.|
|The nights here are still a touch chilly for tomatoes and peppers, and they'll enjoy the extra heat during the day, too.|
|They've really started taking off in the last week. They're roots are starting to poke out the bottom of the pots. Shallot seedlings in the back right.|
|One even started to mutate a bit and has a couple variegated streaks. Doesn't look like it's going to continue past that leaf that I'm holding, though. Pity|
|They're even starting to branch out. Dear me, where to put the little blighters?|
Everything else is still inside either on the heating pad or under lights. None of the Dierama species have come up yet, though some very careful scratching at the soil has shown a few splitting seed coats. The Erica oatesii has at least two wee little seedlings that are so small I can't even get a good photo of them to share. Is it odd that I'm the most excited over the tiniest seedlings?
The two geranium species on the other hand are growing rapidly, though germination is sporadic.
|On the left in back are seedlings of x Pardancanda norrisii. In front of those are the Erica oatesii seedlings. Can't see them? I swear they're there! On the right are Geranium robustum (back) and Geranium pulchrum (front).|
|Geranium robustum has at least five seedlings so far, though two are only just starting to pop out of the soil.|
|Geranium pulchrum has three seedlings. One germinated ahead of the others and is growing rapidly. I'll have to carefully dig that one out and pot it up before it overshadows the other two any more.|
|And last, but not least, Melianthus villosus has started to sprout. This picture shows two, but there are at least three so far.|
The geraniums might make it outside this summer, and maybe the x Pardancanda, but I don't think I'll be leaving my tiny Erica oatesii or larger but just as young Melianthus villosus outside this winter. Which means I'll be squeezing even more plants into the house come fall, unless I can bring myself to give up a few more houseplants like I've been meaning to. It's worth it though. Nothing is as dear to a plant geek as plants they grew themselves from seed.
P.S. For anyone interested, I have a friend who is looking for someone to adopt her stapelia. From her description it sounds like Stapelia gigantea, but I haven't been over to see it to make sure. Anyone interested can contact me at bean dot evan at gmail dot com.