Thursday, 11 February 2016

Seedlings...bit early?

Today I was going to post about the fence progress but ad it is behind schedule and they didn't leave until after dark, I won't. It is supposed to be finished tomorrow so fingers crossed for tomorrow's update stating the fence is complete!
Instead I will tell you about my tomato seedlings. I bought a couple of cherry varieties and a beef size one called brandyvine. Sungold was one of the cherry sizes and the other name escapes me.
Most of them germinated. All but 2 I think. Great I thought.  However then I had super leggy seedlings!! Turns out maybe I didn't give them enough light. So after a quick Google I decided to replant them in slightly larger, deeper pots. Before and after pics below. There's also a couple of cauliflowers in there. They didn't germinate well at all. 2 out of 12 maybe and 1 of those 2 is questionable.
They are now sat on a south facing windowsill hoping to save them.
Nothing that we planted in the greenhouse has germinated. It is cold in there and it was a gamble but some people have managed successfully.
More to go in over the weekend and Monday as we've taken a day off together.

6 comments:

  1. I leave my seeds till March but you always get leggy ones. Its a bit like children who have growth spurt and get all leggy then they fatten out again. LOL

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  2. Lol good analogy. Well I haven't put them all in as going to stagger them in to march and beyond so hopefully we will get at least one successful return.

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  3. It is all about trial and error and finding what works isn't it, you will get some good plants I am sure and if not you can always have another go! That is what is so good about growing things isn't it! Happy Valentines! xx

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    1. Same to you too! Yes and what doesnt grow can go to compost or the animals. Bonus. X

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  4. I start some of my tomatoes off in January too. I always start them off in a small tray in the propagator and then prick them out and pot them on into individual pots, some seedlings do tend to be leggy, this is when I plant them quite deeply, which gives them a good strong footing and they come on a treat. I share your excitement at your new life. It reminds me so much of when we set out on the adventure that is smallholding (still loving it!) happy seeding!
    Gill

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    1. Thank you for this comment, it was lovely to read and gives me a warm feeling to know you love it still. I am pleased with how the tomatoes have been ok since I pricked them out. Great to know you have had success with leggy seedlings!

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