First off, thanks for all the great comments folks and to all my followers. I appreciate each and every one of you.
Deb, thanks for the offer. I may end up taking you up on that if this final batch doesn't germinate or grow well.
Before I get into my continuing tomato saga, I'd like to talk about the week that led up to Spring, 2011. If it wasn't raining, it was windy as could be. It seemed every day I had to go out and re-cover my salad bed. The laundry clips I got from the Dollar Store weren't quite holding up to the power of the wind.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programing. This week on How the Tomato Turns, I ran out of vertical space in my light system. I knew this day was coming as the three initial plants were growing about 2 inches every three days.
Speaking of tomatoes, I'm kind of bummed. I worked so hard to get my earliest producer, Bloody Butcher, to germinate. After three attempts with two seeds each, I finally got something to grow. Unfortunately it wasn't getting tall, but rather just sitting on the surface of the dirt. At first I thought it was just that the seed was too far down. Then when I was moving things around, I snapped this picture and all became clear.
Oh, and in case I wasn't aware, bigger plants need more water than little lettuce seedlings. Look what I found when I went up after three days to water and move plants around.
So, for now, this is my compromise of a set-up upstairs.
Hope you enjoyed the first day of spring in your garden. I sure knew it was the first day as I took my first allergy pill of the season!