Given that we have about eight weeks before we will be able to safely plant some of our most tender vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, artichokes, basil, etc…), we decided that it was time to take out the grow-light and get everything situated. We use an old metal table (which does a great job reflecting heat back into the plants), a recycled florescent four bulb T8 fixture, and a timer that ensures the plants get a solid 12 hours of light/day.
On Saturday morning, we set everything up and refilled the seed starters that we used an saved last year with fresh potting mix. Given that the soil had spent the last few days in our garage, we warmed it under the lights for an hour before planting.
We then planted the following:
1 Full Flat of Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach (Cold Frame in 2 Weeks)
1 Full Flat of Salad Bowl Lettuce (Cold Frame in 2 Weeks)
76 Italian Basil
9 Fernleaf Dill
18 Carciofo di Romagna Artichokes (CA)
*I started with nine but the seeds were so pretty…
9 Container Choice Hybrid Tomatoes (TH)
32 Golden Gem Tomatoes (TM)
27 Costoluto Genovese Tomato (TCG)
10 Orange Paruche Tomatoes (TO)
36 Oregon Hybrid Peppers (OR)
27 Sweet Rainbow Peppers (SR)
10 Early Jalapeno Peppers (JAL)
Given the outrageous cost of plant markers, I also purchased a box of popsicle sticks (which we can recycle after use) to use as plant markers. Above, each parenthetical corresponds with the popsicle stick plant markers I plan to use.
Once done, we gave everyone a nice drink of water, put on the greenhouse caps and turned on the lights. Keep checking back for our weekly plant update!