I just realized that I'm so wrapped up in this light system and starting my own seeds, that I've possibly forgotten some of the rest of my veggies that may be direct seeded about this time. Peas are a notable example. Mel says 5 weeks before the LSF. For me, that could mean now, or a few weeks from now depending on when my LSF is this year. Seems my LSF could be as early as mid March, two weeks away, or as late as May 1. If it's May 1, then I hold off until the last week of March. My brother is betting on mid March. Personally, I think I'll watch my buddy's DoubleD's blog carefully to see when she plants her peas. She's the expert and I'm just a barely-not-so-novice gardener.
Of course, I'm not so sure what else I should be starting. Maybe carrots, radishes and green onions will go in this weekend. That's about what I recall from last year when I was shocked how long it took for radishes to grow.
Anyway, not much is happening in the garden right now. I figured out I need to water the soil blocks upstairs more than I water the tomatoes in the cups. Speaking of tomatoes, the cups I planted for our teacher didn't all germinate. Three of the tomatoes are still on the fridge and I am not expecting much. I may replant them. But the ones upstairs are doing very well. This morning I had to raise the light because the closed tomato leaves were brushing up against the bulbs.
The San Marzano's are the ones that were squished up against the light, all folded like that. Funny that even the true leaves are folding up at night and unfurling during the day. Pretty cool.
Well, that's all I've got. Hope you're getting into your garden and getting dirty. Nothing like it, I promise.