I don’t know how anything can grow in this blue light of the fluorescents, but it does
I confess I love the sprouting enthusiasm of the brassica family, don’t you? It’s something I need to learn every year: that the cole family with their cute little round brown seeds are ALL FABULOUS SPROUTERS, and I needn’t sow them as heavily as other families. Indeed, I should really wise up and learn that one seed = one plant with them.
Oh well. Live and learn, and relive what you learned before. Relive and relearn?
Again, though, with the school garden as my excuse, I am able to use up all these pretty little things, and that makes me quite happy. These are sowings of Aichi cabbage (napa-type), mibuna, pak choy, gai choi and chrysanthemum greens, most destined for the children. They’ll get bigger, get transplanted to the greenhouse this weekend, then out to the gardens in 2 weeks.
They shock me with their vigor too. Now, if only I could get my cabbages to continue to thrive….
It’s good to have a spare garden.
Giving them to the school garden is a good plan…. I’ve recently started to sprout to eat the sprouts (like bean sprouts) and these always go the fastest. I’ve never grown all the way to a producing plant though – does the growth rate keep up?
Christy, I know what you mean. Now in the greenhouse and outside from April to late May we have slugs who munch the seedlings through the stalk. I wake up to a pile of wilted leaves. Luckily, of course, I have so many of the things that losing a few is not an issue!
Pamela, it is. Now I am wondering of course if the garden at school is “big enough.” Uh oh.
Yes, indeed, MC, eating the sprouts is a definite option! Well, their growth rate continues quickly but it’s not as rapid as when they first emerge.
I have a few pepper plants that are not popping because the soil still dropped down below 40 for a few days in the area I have them ‘growing’. You have just giving me an idea – I might move these to an office table I have under my Florentine lamp. Does it have to be a special lamp?
AMAZING….. I always learn something new from your site. THANK YOU!!!