It is Monday once again. So I'm going to show you my seedling photos. As I do this every Monday I wonder if it is similar to being subjected to someone's travel slides. Seeing a few slides is so much fun, seeing hundreds makes you want to run in the other direction. Which reminds me, my husband uploaded all our travel photos from the Grenadines. So if you really want to be tortured with photos, go for it.
But back to the main subject, seedlings. They are still going strong. I can see small little roots protruding from the lettuce soil blocks. I think that means it is close to time to plant. The onions have no roots to be seen. I'm sure they are in there, but I don't see them coming out of the bottom of their 12 packs yet. Maybe they are just looping around on the inside.
The seedlings are now being hardened off. Yesterday they saw the late afternoon sun and wind for about an hour and a half. Today was cold. I'm not sure it will make it into the 40s or not, so the seedlings went under the plastic tunnel that I made yesterday in the garden. Right now it is almost 2pm and I'm starting to see a bit of brighter sky. Maybe it will warm up in there. If not, well get used to it seedlings. I've started my spring crops today and as soon as they germinate there will be no room at the inn for you. Life is cruel.
What seedlings did I start? As you can see above I printed out my own list of what I was supposed to be planting today. If I didn't, I'd forget half the seeds. Since you can't read that easily and I forgot some seed despite having a list, I printed out a table for you below. The number after the variety is how many blocks I seeded.
|Lettuce||Merveille de Quatre Seasons||2|
|Lettuce||New Red Fire||2|
|Asian Greens||Purple Mizuna||2|
|Asian Greens||Fun Jen||2|
|Asian Greens||Mustard Spinach||2|
|Asian Greens||Tyfon-Holland Greens||2|
|Asian Greens||Chinese Cabbage Rubicon||3|
I made soil blocks for them all. Though I made 3 too few so will start the rhubarb chard on the 20th when I start my flower seedlings. So far the older soil blocks are holding up OK, but not perfectly. The edges tend to fall off when you aren't gentle with their containers. Since I'm bringing their containers in and out everyday, the edges are looking a tad worn. I think it would be a better design to have a smaller hole for the seeds to go into which would make the edges a little more sturdy. It isn't like you are going to start bean seedlings in these. They are just too small.
My other complaint about the blocker is that you have to make sure the soil is wet enough and you have to really compress it to make it hold together. I think this isn't an issue with the smaller blocks. The blocks are small enough that the roots can get air easily enough. I would be leery of the 4" blocker though. I think I'll stick to newspaper pots when I need something bigger, like transplanting tomatoes and peppers. That big blocker is definitely off of my wish list.
I put the soil blocks in two flats, covering each seed hole with a little soil and misting. One flat was for the peppers so they could germinate with a heat mat under them. The other flat with everything else. I did make a little pair of block tweezers. They are about 3/4" wide. I wish they were wider, but I just flattened an old set of ice tongs that I have but never have used. They work so much better than than my fingers and can pick up a block in the middle of a huge tray. Now I just get to wait and see when things come up.