The babies are coming along. It always disturbs me to have to thin out the seedlings but it must be done. Only one seedling to a square. As it turns out we have 32 varieties of tomatoes this year. If we get a tomato tasting survey arranged during World Kitchen Garden Day, we will sure have lots of variety! I love finding out what varieties of a vegetable will grow here...on my farm, in Highland County. And then of course there is the taste test. What would be the point of growing something that tastes terrible? We always seek the best tasting variety that grows on our farm.
After filling all the Speedling trays, the challenge begins. Can I keep these baby plants watered and fertilized until May 1 producing strong healthy plants? Here is my favorite watering can. I bought one for my granddaughter, but it watered so well, that I bought one for myself as well. I have only five trays, so this little watering can works great. Thanks Mister Square Pants!
This is a Speedling tray nestled into a green underplate that holds the styrofoam up off the bottom. This design feature allows the roots to be air-pruned and promotes sturdy seedlings. Another design feature is the shape of the planting hole. These are pyramidal with a hole in the bottom. Transplant shock is almost unheard off using these trays. The sustainable part of these is that the trays can be used repeatedly for many seasons.
Since it is March 1, even though Mother Nature is still giving us Winter, I am starting my tomatoes today. We will have over 30 varieties this year by the start of our season - July1.