So, I have now spent 10 min repotting the little seedlings, which will be fine I know, but annoying. They're watered to ensure their roots settle back in and I stuck them out on the porch as planned. Sigh.. Anyway, to sum up my update, all is growing so incredibly quickly! Even my geraniums - a sample from McKenzie Seed - are growing fast (check out their glossy green leaves below!)
The basil is also growing quicker than usual and the tomatoes will need to be repotted this weekend into 4-inch round pots. Luckily I have a few huge stacks of pots in the garage and a new bale of potting soil. I can't explain why my seedlings are growing quicker than usual - perhaps it is the new fluorescent light bulbs? The basement is rather cool - about 15 C and it tends to slow down growth a bit. But, as a side benefit, it also tends to make my seedlings stronger and stockier. I am also using a new fertilizer - given to me as a sample at Canada Blooms - Orgunique Tomato & Vegetable 3-1-4 liquid food. I've given the seedlings 2 doses of the food so far, about 12 days apart. I'll keep you posted on this new-to-me product.
Anyhoo, whatever the reason, (knock on wood) so far things look great.. now, if only the weather would co-operate!
|Geraniums in the foreground, basil to the back and right.|
'Garden Leader Monster' Tomatoes (another sample from
McKenzie Seed) are to the right beside the geraniums.
|So excited about growing geraniums from seed.|
Grown in containers and window boxes, they evoke thoughts of
European cobblestoned streets...
|Basil!! Three types.. this is about half of my basil plants, over|
100 in all! Can't you just taste it??
|Opps! Lettuce and endive take a nosedive.|