Vegetables 2017

This year, I plan to have a better planned, more carefully chosen vegetable garden. Candidates include okra, eggplant, bitter melon, yard long beans, and ridge gourd. I’ve also started radish, swiss chard, spring onions, some microgreens and spinach while Spring lasts.

Trying out indoor seed starting with grow lights for the first time. In the past, I’ve had the saddest, leggiest little seedlings. The first time I planted seeds in a pot years ago, the sight of leggy seedlings made me so happy – I knew very little then.

Also have one blueberry plant and a few everbearing strawberries, and my go-to herbs mint and basil. Happy times.

A little late to the starting-seeds-indoor endeavor, but here’s what I have so far. Last frost is generally around end April here, and officially post Mother’s day weekend so early May — We’ve had a pretty mild winter though.

Here’s what I have so far:

  • Spinach: soaked and germinated indoors around 3/26. One week or so later, merry seedlings waving in the wind outdoors on my deck.
  • Okra: soaked overnight and placed in starter pots one week ago on 3/26 – no germination yet. They probably need to get closer to 80F for germination, soaking a second set today to do that.
  • Swiss chard: soaked overnight and planted directly outdoors on 3/27. Same problem as okra but much more magnified due to the colder nights. No germination yet. Soaking a second batch for a warmer germination indoors.
  • Eggplant: A success! Soaked these seeds on 3/27 and placed in a warm place (atop my wifi router :-)) and they germinated in 2 days. Happy seedlings under the grow light in a week now.
  • Basil: soaked overnight and planted directly on potting soil, same day as eggplant. Multiple tiny seedlings, they look pretty happy too.
  • Yard long beans: Read that these didn’t need soaking, but gave them an overnight soak anyway. Seedlings emerged super fast, within 4 days.
  • Bitter melon: Soaked on 4/2 and gave it the router treatment – germination in 2 days. Waiting for seedlings to emerge.
  • Ridge gourd: Soaked today, 4/4 and warming atop router.

Once I have okra and swiss chard seedlings growing, the next few weeks will involve managing the light and water for the growing seedlings and making sure they’re healthy. They will be planted early-mid May.





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