Last weekend I started some broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower seeds in cell packs in order to transplant them in a month or so. My seed starting setup is in our unheated basement so it stays pretty cold down there. For those of you who have never had the pleasure, here it is:
No laughing. It really works rather well. It's just a piece of plywood wedged between two unfinished walls and one supporting it in the middle, but it's not really holding it up since the horizontal board is wedged so tight. It stays pretty darn cold down there so what grows, grows slowly, but it does grow, which is better than nothing at all.
I mainly wanted to start the broccoli seeds. I'm going to have 9 broccoli plants. Not a lot for many of you, but I decided to checkerboard them again this year. The one per sqft planting did not work out for me this fall, so it's back to what I know will work. Those things just need more room.
I've failed each time with cabbage and cauliflower. I bought some smaller cabbage that's supposed to be better for SFGardening, but I'm still going to checkerboard them. I put three cells of cauliflower. Why? Beats me. I suppose I'll keep on trying since I have the seed.
Now the seedlings are starting to emerge. Look at the pretty seedlings on the left and the bare cells on the right.
Murphy's Law. It's unavoidable. The cabbage and cauliflower are in the left pack. The broccoli, with only two cells sprouting, is the right.
Well, what'ya gonna do. I'll give the broccoli a few more days. The seed is last year's seed and I'm not an experienced seed storer so that may be why they're not sprouting. Instead of ordering new seed, I'm going to let the packs they sell at the stores suffice. However, they haven't put the seed racks out here yet. I thought I remembered MLK weekend as the go-to date last year, but I'm sure they'll be out at least by Valentine's Day.
I may leave the cells outside for the next few days and just bring them in at night to see how they'll do with the real sun. Yesterday, our low was 23 and we made it to 61 for the high. Amazing. We're in for a few week stretch of 50 degree weather. Do you think if I put them outside in the morning when I go to work that they'll enjoy the sun during the day and be content to go in and out?
The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.
January 27, 2015 - Family update
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