Saturday, March 21, 2009

My tomato seeds are growing

I had bought Big Mama Tomato (large roma type) seeds from Burpee.
From over at Lowes, I bought another growing kit. It had 16 large pellets and of course, a cover. It wasn't as elaborate a setup as the Burpee Ultimate Growing kit. Each pellet took 3/4 of water to expand, which was fun to do. I actually used a bowl with loads of water in it and let it soak and expand until everything inside got soft. Placed each back in the tray. Put 2 seeds in each, 1/4" deep. Covered it with the lid. These seeds came up within 3-4 days!. And they were tall enough for me to have to take the lid off of the kit! Now I just water them daily. I have a heater in the room where I'm growing my seeds, to keep the room at a temp between 75-80 degrees. The heater blows a breeze on these plants, too. So I turn them several times a day, as well as make sure there is enough water. It's so exciting to see your efforts in action!

As for my peppers, out of 72, so far there are 4 mucho nacho jalapenos coming up. A little disappointing, but they still have time.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Starting seeds indoors

Started my pepper seeds taken from my own peppers last year. Decided to try out the ultimate growing kit from Burpee. You can grow 72 plants with this thing. The little pellets were a pain in the butt because they fell sideways when you were filling it with water. Then you had to dig it out and get it going again. But I did it. Hopefully this year I won't drown them after all of my effort, and have to buy plants at the store!

I planted:
  • (36) mucho nacho jalapenos
  • (12) poblanos
  • (12) holy mole's
  • (12) cubanelles

I'm hoping that my seeds grow. I'm always willing to experiment! Right now, I have them sitting in my daughter's old bedroom, with the heat in there at 80 degrees. Excitedly waiting for the results!