Thursday, March 6, 2008

Transplants

Happy little Cosmo transplants. Sigh..... Can't wait to plant these.
Very happy tomato plants. Coustralee and Stump O' The World.
Not so happy tomato plants. Live and learn I guess. Now I know better to wait a little longer on transplanting. Lost about half I think. Sungold's. Bummer.
Happy little tomato plants waiting to get big enough to transplant. ;-)

10 comments:

Cindy said...

hi there, I've been reading your blog for a bit off of MDC. I wanted ot add your site to my links since you have alot of nifty info, but what should I title your blog as? farther cathy's blog? farming in suberbia or moving to suberbia? or any other snazzy name you'd rather me know as?

Cathy said...

Shrug... How about Cathy's Farming in Suburbia Blog. ;-)

Kristy said...

I hope you don't mind some constructive criticism, but your tomato plants will be stockier and stronger if you bury them a lot deeper when you do that first transplanting. I usually plant them so their cotyledons are just barely clearing the potting mix. If they get very leggy later, you can even pot up again, pinching off the cotyledons (seed leaves) and covering the stem clear up to the first set of true leaves.

Kristy said...

Oh, and I actually pot up earlier than that, when that first true leaf is barely visible.

Cathy said...

Yes, those first I didn't plant deep enough, because I forgot about that, but the Sungold are still a little touchy none the less. I need more light set-up inside. I put them out in a coldframe hoping that would be sufficient and it wasn't.

Kristy said...

I actually don't use a light anymore once they are potted up (and this year since I started late I didn't even turn on my lights). I put them outside and bring them in at night when the forecast calls for temps under 45. I forgot to bring them in a few times and they did okay because they were already hardened off. I don't use a coldframe, because they stay shorter (rather than getting all long and leggy) if they grow slowly and I feel like they get enough heat just with our daytime weather. (I live halfway between Mission North and Gibbons parks, by the way).

The only heat I use is a regular heating pad (like for earaches) to germinate the seeds.

Cathy said...

Wow, ok. I'll have to try that. I do put them out when its nice and not too windy.

Mama bee said...

Just came to your blog from MDC. I was admiring your newspaper pots(?) for your seedlings. Did you make them? Are they closed on the bottom? I'd love to make some like that next year. Do you have directions?

Sheila said...

Yes! Cathy - I was also admiring your newspaper cups! How cool and green is THAT?!?!?! Although, NO newspaper goes to waste here, on the farm between starting the woodstoves and going in to the garden....

I want to do that!! Can you tell us how??

Cathy said...

I think if you go farther it is somewhere around here. Let me see.
http://farminginsuburbia.blogspot.com/2008/01/part-i-of-newspaper-pot-making.html
http://farminginsuburbia.blogspot.com/2008/01/part-ii-of-newspaper-pot-making.html