Everything is up and growing and green and wonderful now. It’s still a little too early to plant things outside – we probably won’t get any more frosts, but I’ve seen snow in April before – so at the moment all the vegetables are still living indoors, and probably getting less light than they could do with. Still, they seem to be growing well enough.
The rocket (in the fibre pots above) is the only one I’m really worried about. Yesterday some of the seedlings started to wilt, and on closer inspection it looked worryingly like damping off, which could rapidly wipe out the entire seed tray of my much-loved, much-cherished little seedlings. Because it is a fungal infection, and fungi HAVE NO CONSCIENCE.
Anyway, I took out all the collapsing seedlings and thinned out the rest, and the rocket’s looked just fine since. Maybe not damping off, then? Or maybe I’ll still be able to save some? Not optimistic, though. Hopefully the ones already transplanted to pots above will be fine, even if I lose the rest – and at least rocket grows quickly enough that it wouldn’t be a huge loss to replant it.
The lettuce is doing really well. It could do with some thinning out now, lest the stems merge to become one super-dense rectangular lettuce mass that will achieve sentience or something, but I’ve put it off because honestly I sort of feel like a murderer thinning out seedlings. I know, I know, it’s good for them and I couldn’t plant all these lettuces anyway and damping off is more likely when they’re overcrowded. I should get to it. Maybe tomorrow.
The cucumber seedlings are growing like magic beanstalks. Really impressed with how well they’re doing, particularly because it turns out cucumber seedlings really don’t like being transplanted at all and have a tendency to wither and die if you try. (Obviously I found this out after merrily planting them in seed trays, which will teach me to do my research beforehand in future). But here they are, transplanted and growing like crazy.
Sweet peppers are growing less like crazy since they were transplanted, which is a shame and worried me quite a bit for a while. I’m about 90% convinced I overwatered them by accident after transplanting, and they just didn’t do much growing for a good while afterwards. But they seem to have regained their enthusiasm now. Tiny baby true leaves!
Tomato plants are growing away happily and efficiently, too. Heaven only knows what I’m going to do with all the ones I don’t have room for. Hey, maybe all the wedding guests can go home holding a tomato plant!
These are carrots, which again, really really don’t like being transplanted, and thus are probably going to produce evil twisted forked mutant carrots in the future. Ah, well. At least they’re growing fine now.
And onions! I am a bit worried about the onions, too, because onion seedlings seem so pathetically inefficient. They come through in bent-over loops because they can’t quite break away from the seed husk, and then proceed to bend over more and more until the non-root end pings free, with the black rotting seed husk still attached. There are better ways to do this, onions! Anyway, the advice I read seemed divided on whether or not it would help to snip the loops, so I snipped the loops of half the seedlings and will see how they do comparatively.
These are some of the snipped-off onion loops, seed husks attached. Lovely. But it turns out that cutting through onion seedlings makes the entire room smell of chives, so the onions might claw themselves back into my favour yet.