Short post again tonight. Duty calls as a parent. I spent the evening at our co-op preschool dealing with preschool business, then following it up with some great parent instruction on siblings and defiance. Great topics. Anyway, one of my sons' instructors is an avid gardener and despite her experience, always comes to me with questions. I feel a bit odd advising her on gardening, but she asks and I answer. It's fun to talk gardening after talking parenting. Hehe, my two favorite things, or at least my only two hobbies.
Well, tonight after the meeting we were chatting about gardening. I let her know it was fine to effectively winter sow under hoop covers (she built hers like mine after touring my garden). I don't see why it wouldn't work just like a take-out container, hehe.
Then I mentioned it was time to start cole crops, greens and tomatoes indoors if you're starting from seed and want to transplant your own seedlings. Apparently she does not have a good window to even give it a go, so I went and offered to start some tomatoes for her. After rattling off the varieties I am growing, she said she would like a random sampling of 10 tomato seedlings. Boy, that's a ton compared to my measly 6. Well, at least I'll get good mileage out of my light setup. I've got the room and I should be able to make the light work for varying height tomato plants.
Speaking of my tomato plants, tonight when I got home, all three of the rest of the tomatoes had sprouted, so I took them upstairs after the meeting. Then I grabbed 2 Rubbermaid leftover or sandwich containers that were past their prime and put three cups in each. That way, when I watered the seedlings heavily like EG does, the water leached out into the container, to be wicked back up tomorrow or the next day. Oh, and I used DoubleD's water bottle method. It's the same one I use to refill the cats dishes, hehe. As Alton Brown says, multitaskers...
Lastly, I found that the coffee filters were drying out so I respritzed them. I checked but no sprouting yet. I hope I didn't mess it up by letting them get too dry. Ah well, if there are no sprouts by this weekend, I'll do the soil blocks anyway and sow directly into the blocks instead of placing the germinated seeds. Makes little difference in the long run (a week earlier or so).
Enjoy your garden!