I’m not as far behind as I thought I was. Even though not a single garden center would ever worry about me as competition, there are a few things looking like they might be ready to go in the ground. Two weeks earlier and a week or two in the cold frame (which doesn’t exist) would have been perfect… but this is where I’m at… and chances are next year this is also where I’ll be at. I’m a slow learner.
This was supposed to be the warm season light, with tomatoes and peppers and such, but I think it’s still not warm enough. The empty pots are things that just didn’t want to germinate, and the ones that did did it ever so sloooooowly. I think I need a heat mat to speed them up, it sounds like a good idea but I’ve never committed to getting one. Anyone have good luck with them?
The tomatoes and peppers look fine, but the coleus cuttings seem to do much better on the windowsill. Coleus are the one plant that appears to find something lacking in the flourescent lights. They always seem to have a “funny” look to them until they go outside and I wonder what it is.
I think once this stuff hits the great outdoors it will take off…. assuming the bunnies stay away. I’m trying out “bright lights” swiss chard and already like the multicolored stems. So we’ll see where this goes. Right now the vegetable garden is full of spring bulbs. It seemed like a good idea in October, now I don’t know. But at least it looks nice.