Discussion in 'Make It So' started by LilacMercenary, Feb 14, 2016.
First (official) harvest of the season!
garold looks beautiful!
help! i screwed up!
i forgot to put the lid on one of my plastic tubs of seed packets, and the greenhouse leaked!
i don't know whether they were soaking for one day or two, bc i didn't think to check yesterday. i am COMPLETELY out of spoons and stove up, and am not confident about going down the stairs, let alone doing any potting. how do i save them???
Breakfast and lunch came from the garden today!
Breakfast was sauteed radish and onion tops scrambled into some egg, and lunch was a salad. Good stuff!
Moisture is one of the things where it's going to trigger germination. If you have enough spoons you might be able to spread them out on paper towels and see if they dry out, but you'll want to get them planted as soon as possible so you don't kill 'em.
yeah, i'm thinking i should plant them before they dry out, but i don't have the spoons to plant them now. what if i spread them on damp paper towels and put plastic wrap over them, then plant them tomorrow? that way they can germinate if they want to and they won't get their wee sprouts all dried out.
ps OH GOOD a frost warning on the 19th of may, that is definitely normal and not worrying at all.
If you put the paper towel in ziplock bag and puff a little air in it's make you a little green house and buy you a few days. You can totally let them germinate that way!
yeah drying them out is gonna kill em, if you keep them moist enough they can finish germination it should be fine! depending on if these are dark or light germinaters, you may wanna cover the ziplock greenhouse with a towel or something to make sure they don't get exposed to light if they aren't meant to
Seedlings live out of the nutrients in the seed until the first root is properly developed anyways so
i was feeling shitty yesterday so i just put the whole damp tub of packets in a ziploc so it wouldn't dry out overnight. today i get to extract them from their packets without damaging their wee spruts, and try to get them in dirt.
i'm nowhere near having weeded and dug the south side of the garage where i was going to put half of them, so idk how that's gonna work. you think i've got a few days? especially for the watermelons, those definitely need the south side.
if you've got an egg carton and some seedling soil (so without much nutrients) you can transfer the seedlings into that first and you'll get like up to four weeks until they probably need to be transferred out into normal soil! bonus points is egg carton is almost always perfectly compostable so you can just put the whole cup in the ground without having to pull the seedling free again!
yeah, i used egg cartons to start my peas and squash, which are now in the raised beds and happily photosynthesizing. p sure i've got enough peat/starter soil mix left to do the rest. just gotta muster up the spoons to stand at the potting table for a bit, as that's where the soil mix is. in the little plastic sink/well doodad. soaking wet. bc the greenhouse leaked. ;_;
anyhow, i offered my friend gui a pizza for helping me prepare the south bed, so the things that go in the ground will not have to languish waiting on me having the spoons to weed/dig. i think it will all be ok.
Gardening pic spam!!
Spoiler: So much radish...
This has been going on with my silver spoon, and I don't know what it is.
@theprettiestboy has been having a similar problem with his succulents.
Do you know if there's a way to treat that?
Excise affected leaves and stems and try a baking soda and water spray. I seem to recall washing the leaves with washing up liquid as something my mother used to do with powdery mildew on plants, but I'm not 100%.
it's just my silver spoon (they were from the same batch) not my succulents generally
if it is a fungal infection it's probably the same one
mealy bugs!! they're the worst. they hatch out of their cottony nest material and nibble the plant and each other until they reach a mature size to lay more eggs. my usual approach is to use a small spray bottle with rubbing alcohol in it, or wipe them off with a paintbrush dipped in rubbing alcohol. squishing them with a toothpick (or the aforementioned alcohol paintbrush) is good too, they definitely can't survive squishing.
ETA: sometimes they lay their eggs on the side/bottom of the pot, or in a dry bit of soil. this is why they sometimes seem to appear out of fuck-nowhere. if repeatedly removing bugs doesn't work, try repotting and gently remove any cottony bits you can see in the soil.
I've quarantined plants before by rolling some packing tape into a sticky-sided tube and sticking it around the edge of the plant's drainage tray. I think it might be useful.
So I've been trying to work on my cruddy, patchy, thatchy lawn, and I keep getting hindered by this 'net' under the surface- I presume it was put there as part of getting the house ready to sell by whatever team worked on it before we moved in? But it's driving me nuts, I can't even use my little hand cultivator to loosen up the surface effectively because the net keeps snagging on the tines. I could use strong scissors to cut away the bits that are exposed, I'm sure, but not much IS exposed, most is probably just under the grass roots- and recommendations on what to do about it? I've been thinking of renting an aerator to help the lawn out, but I don't want to risk it if the net could hinder or tangle shit up when I do it.
that's probably the mesh netting that turf growers use, meaning your lawn was installed as live grass instead of being seeded. it shouldn't affect the health of the grass itself, but it is a plasticky, shreddy, tufty-looking pain in the ass once exposed :/
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