For those of us that are parents you probably remember that feeling of anticipation waiting on the birth of your child. That new life.
Hope. Excitement. Wonder.
Then after all the waiting, the moment. The first cry. The signal that life has been born. What will they produce in their lifetime? Will they live a happy life full of success?
There are not a lot of things or moments on this earth that can give you those feelings like the birth of a child. But, I can’t help feel a little bit that way when I find my seeds have made their way into the world. How much will they produce? Will they live a strong healthy life?
I have become a father again. It is my job to take care of the little ones. Time to nurture them and help them grow into the plants God has intended them to be.
Isn’t this one cute? It looks just like me. This is the first baby photo of the tomato plant. I love how the seed actually took a ride to the top of the plant. It was the chance to stand up proud (on a pedestal) and say “Look what I did”.
Remember my heat mat experiment. The lettuce on the right was grown using the mat, and the left was not. Notice how much taller the plants are on the right. So, obviously the heat mat does play a part, and can make a difference in the speed of growth. Though, I am not sure if it is a good thing to grow that tall that fast. Notice how spindly the plants on the right look, and they are not as dark green as the left. I bet over the long run the non heated plants will produce more. Time will tell. Stay tuned.
Spindly seedlings usually become that way because they are reaching for the light. Look at them stretching out. I am going to be keeping the grow light on about 16-18 hours a day now, real close so they don’t have to reach as far. Though like I said before, the lettuce in the non heated tray is not like this, so maybe it is not just the light but the temperature of the soil that the seedlings are trying to get away from.
More to come as I anticipate the birth of the leek, eggplant and red pepper. Looking at the red pepper seeds it looks like they are dilated to a 10 and I can see the head emerging. I better go wash up and put on my gown. Delivery time! Wish me luck.