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Old 03-27-2009, 03:43 PM
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Spring fever

Do we have any gardeners in our group? I can't wait for spring weather, so I'm trying my first serious attempt at growing seedlings under lights. So far I'm an ace at growing basil, even the seeds that fell to the side sprouted. My broccoli made a brave attempt but turned brown and died overnight. Just this morning I saw my first tomato and jalapeno sprouts.

I also planted a ton of perennials outside, and some storebought veggie seedlings, even though I'm fully aware it's too early. I also planted 5 rose bushes, but I suspect I'll live to regret that (ouch).

I'm right on the cusp of zones 5 and 6, so it's hard to calculate which guidelines to use.
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Old 03-27-2009, 05:16 PM
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Re: Spring fever

Call on me when you don't want them anymore, my black thumb will surely help
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Old 03-27-2009, 10:03 PM
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Re: Spring fever

I found a black thumb is pretty much a self-sustaining myth. It generally is propagated by some essential misunderstanding or misinformation about growing plants. In my case it was (and still is) that I always think they need more water than they actually do. Even when I self-adjust, remembering that I always overwater, I still overwater. So I bought this little gizmo for $5 that you stick in the dirt and it gives a numerical moisture reading. That one thing changed my relationship with plants forever.

From reading on the web, watering is the #1 cause of accidental flowercide, with under/over lighting coming in next, then over feeding (plants don't get fat if you overfeed them, their cells rupture and they die).

So, just turn on the old left-brain and treat it like learning to cook or any other household science project.
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