Last week I made some more soil bl . . . What? Why am I talking about last week? Well I'm a bit behind. I did the gardening but have neglected the blog. Yes I'm so sorry, but I so don't promise that it won't happen again when things get crazy with the move again.
No more interruptions. I have to get this out before I forget what happened. Hmm I was planting things. Oh yeah. I made some soil blocks. I really wasn't sure at this point how many to make. My new garden hadn't even been put to paper at all yet. Just random ideas for a few things and where the garden will be. Will I need a lot of plants to fill it up? Will I need just a few? Will I need to plant both gardens up with my plants? Not knowing made it really hard. I stick with my original plan. I sowed some zinnias, some flat leafed parsley, borage, basil and New Zealand spinach. I forgot to label them . I know the zinnias are on the end and have lots of rows. Each of the others have one row. Or did I do two rows of basil? When I say row I mean a line of 6 x 1 1/2" soil blocks. They fit perfectly across a flat. I guess when they come up I'll be able to tell what went where. I didn't even write down what day I planted them. Tuesday? Thursday? Your guess is as good as mine.
Which reminds me. I forgot to plant the marigolds. My tomatoes won't grow well without them. I need to get them in soon.
I forgot. No interruptions. So they got in. Then I decided not to plant my peppers in the little annoying 3/4" blocks. They need to be in the 2" blocks, but instead I started them in paper towels, just like I do for my spinach. For each variety I took a part of a paper towel and put twice as many seeds as I needed into it. I folded it over and moistened it. Then stuck it into a ziplock with a label. When they start to germinate like in the photo below, I pot them up. I started Early Jalapeno, Serrano, Big Jim II (from Dan), Sweet Cherry, and Cayenne. I also did my tomatillos this way. I made 2" blocks for all of them right away so they would be ready when their roots came out.
Now the 2" blocks have different inserts that can be changed depending upon what you want to do. Currently I have the insert that makes space for the 3/4" block to be put inside. I really didn't want to switch it because they are such a pain to switch. So I didn't. I'm just going to plant the seed into the little square. It will work. I hope.
I made a lot of blocks. 8 for the jalapeno, 4 for the cayenne, 4 for the tomatillos, 4 for the sweet cherry, 6 for the serrano and 6 for Big Jim. I put the blocks on the heat mat and the ziplocks on the dome above that. As the seeds have started to germinate I've put them into the blocks and covered soil or vermiculite. The tomatillos went crazy. They germinated fast and already have two coming out of the soil. Big Jim and the serranos are being obstreperous. Hopefully they will get with the program and start to germinate already. All the others have their seeds out of the bags and planted. Big Jim only has one and the serranos only have two.