Saturday, March 31, 2012
I have more sprouts, but not as many as I would like. Next year, I will start the germination process earlier. To date, I have 2 jalapeno, 2 Cherokee Purple, 1 Beefsteak, 2 Boxcar Willie, 1 German Johnson and 1 Kaki Coing that have germinated. None of the sweet or hot peppers have germinated or the Hillbilly or Paul Robeson tomatoes.
Tomorrow, I'm going to start a few more Cherokee Purple and Beefsteak pots since they germinated quickly so I can have a few extra heirlooms on hand just in case the other tomato seeds don't germinate.
I'm loving the grow lights. I need to pull out a banquet table to set it on this week-end. It's setting on the floor in one of the guest bedrooms now. I can say that purchasing the light was money well spent. The seedlings seem happy at this point. I set a few pots of dill under it a few days ago. It seems that dill needs light to germinate, so I'm hoping that it will warm the soil enough to germinate the seeds. I found the perfect stand in my attic last week-end that I plan to turn into a germination station next year. It has 4 tiers, and is wide enough to hold several flats per tier. Sure wish I had spotted it earlier. (I really need to clean my attic out, lol).
Any experienced dill growers out there? I need dill for my pickles this year. I had a few dill plants in the garden last year as companion plants and they did well. I'm hoping to germinate a few seeds. Research has shown that dill doesn't transplant well, so I don't know if I will be successful with transplanting it in the garden if the seeds do germinate.
The thing that I tried and was successful in producing last year was sunflowers. I'm going to try to germinate my seeds inside this year. I love sunflowers in the garden, and hoping to share the experience with my grandchildren. How's your seed germination going?