I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath to see how my seedlings fared after our dog went on his wild rampage. No? Well – at least a teeny bit curious? By the way, thanks to your comments we realized that it was probably a mouse that Samson was trying to get! I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to us sooner, as we do have field mice who often visit (remember this freak-me-out post from long ago?). We set a trap, and although we haven’t caught anything, I searched for droppings and found a few – which is good enough for me. I’m just glad he’s not turning into a different dog on us! Oh – and no other incidences, thankfully.
So far, so good. The tomatoes are actually looking pretty healthy. I’m right on track according to the Organic Gardening Checklist, having transplanted them last week to larger 4-inch pots. They’ll stay in these pots until I plant them out in early May under the row cover I use to give them a slight headstart.
And there are a few markers left in some of the pots – but here’s the catch: they might not actually be the right one. Most fell out when Samson knocked them over, but some were left in and a few got put back – helpfully ? – by Brian. Only time will tell. Hey! It’s going to make for a fun gardening season, isn’t it?
I actually only have one that looks like it might not make it, plus the one that I lost in the doggie mess – so that’s not bad at all. Bullet dodged.
I’m really pleased with the peppers, too. They take about a week longer to sprout than the tomatoes and since I don’t plant them until late May, I start them at the same time as the tomatoes. More of these lost their labels. Again, fun times ahead.
I have lost a couple, though, but was able to transplant an extra seedling when I moved these to bigger pots. Oh, and here’s a do-what-I-say-not-what-I-do tip: if you run out of bagged soil and go out to the garden to fill in with compost and soil, you’ll also bring in pill bugs and other bugs that will chew on the tender seedling leaves. Duh.
Here are the cool-weather seedlings I hardened off a few weeks ago and planted this last weekend. For some reason, I could not get the spinach to sprout, dumb stuff. And the cabbage/cauliflower/broccoli seedlings were the worst hit from the dog. I lost about half. Hopefully, I won’t lose the half I planted to the rampant slugs…arrrrgggggh. You literally can not get plants or seedlings to grow to maturity here without slug and snail bait. Ain’t gonna happen.
Do you have issues with slugs?