April 14th —Can we go outside?
I know I have been vacant around here, but that doesn’t mean I have not had an easy carefree time growing my seedlings.
Basically a couple weeks ago my plants were all looking majorly sad. In fact if you look at my top picture of my tomato plants you can still see a few scraggly looking seedlings.. Well.. imagine ALL of my trays looking like this
The week before I was fighting leggy seedlings and replanting and the replants are HUGE now and are mass planted in the two larger pots. I fear though that they too are also becoming leggy and wanting to lean over, because it was been extremely rainy and cloudy around these parts. We had a couple nice days of sunshine, but mostly grey skies as of late.
So back to the scraggly plants.. I was freaking out. I was almost certain it was a phosphorous deficiency, but in order to be safe and not ruin my plants by sprinkling in bone meal, or buying pricey fish based fertilizers.. I asked a local organic farmer who taught me how to start my seeds a year ago. He told me the soil was looking to dry.
He was right. Basically I was starving my plants and withholding enough water for them and with the T8 light zapping up their excess moisture. they weren’t holding in anything, so I gave them all a good soaking and wouldn’t you know it…. two plants turned around… then a couple more turned around and I am almost back to a nice group of tomato plants, and not to mention.. my cauliflower took right off! It’s amazing how much it has grown in as little as a week, all because of water!
It was a bad newbie mistake, but I learned my lesson!
My plants are ready to head outdoors.. (especially my broccoli), but we’re a couple more weeks away and I am hoping that everything can be patient until then!! No more disasters, plants, OKAY!?
(Top Tomato plants, Middle Left: Cauliflower Middle Right: More Cauliflower Bottom Left: Broccoli Bottom Right: Bell Pepper plants)
Thanks for sharing. Mistakes are just important as successes if you learn something!