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Old 03-17-2018, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Look at all that beautiful sun! I love this time of year. Things will begin waking up in short order and all will be well with the world. Your soil is definitely chilly, but workable. It'll heat up quick in the next 6 weeks!
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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March 18, 2018. Soil temp 4 inches down is 37.9F this morning. Garlic waiting for warmth.

Air temp was 23 this morning. Coldest since Feb 13th.

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Old 03-22-2018, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Your soil is definitely chilly, but workable. It'll heat up quick in the next 6 weeks!

Or not. Another 5 inches fell. Doesn't wanna end this month. Did you see Long Island got 10-15"!?? Snowiest March on record.


At least my Garlic is insulated.


See more pics from here.


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Old 03-24-2018, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Weekend Update:::
March 24, 2018


Sweet Peppers and Eggplants doing well. Next week we transfer to a cup





Hot Peppers doing well. I will transplant these into a cup next week. Thought about fertilizing them but I think they can wait for next week when I'll use actually potting mix which has some food in there.




Tomatoes..... Still young, I might have to lightly fertilize them a little...will also transplant next week.





Started some Basil seeds last week. Hello there.







Garden Bed soil temp 4 inches down with snow still around: 38.6. Too cold to plant, too cold to till but I may start tomorrow.







Soil temp in the raised bed a bit warmer. 39.3


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Old 03-24-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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How about sending me a section of those little basil plants....

They all look healthy...just a no. of weeks now before planting
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Old 03-24-2018, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Important Update::


I looked closer at the Tomato seedlings.. This is a No No! Something is going on.


Usually leaf curling on seedlings means High winds, low humidity or too much heat.


It's not high winds.
It could be low humidity but I make sure they are watered.
The room doesn't get warmer than mid 70s so it cant be heat.......But I had an AH HA MOMENT!







I looked at the Florescent bulbs........They were the disgusting white light. (I wont rant about the new LED Daylight crap right now). Not only was the color different but the heat output was more. AH HA MOMENT! ITS THE BULBS!


T8s
Cool White was fine.
Daylight was not.


T12s
CW Premium was fine
C50 Supreme was not.


Basically when I bought the new bulbs I wanted to see if there was a difference in growth with the new "daylight" ones which are 6500K on the Kelvin color spectrum. A more blue/white type of light.





Great Link Right Here. Best Lighting for my Plants.


6000 and higher is similar to summer daytime light. It's best for plants already in growth stage. Perhaps its whats stressing my seedlings out.


3000 promotes higher rates of photosynthesis which in return affects plant flowering and budding and essentially makes the yield of your plants bigger.


I personally like between 2500-4500 for seedlings. They seem to like that best in my experience.










1st time this is happening and 1st time with these new bulbs. Coincidence?




So we'll see if me replacing those daylight bulbs helps tomorrow or in couple days.
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Old 03-25-2018, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Seedlings are looking good, Cam! Your weather is something else. We've had gorgeous weather the past few days with 60s and 70s and tons of sun. Unsettled this next week with rain/snow and low 50s, then back to 60s and sun next weekend. I will start my lawn regimen and weed prevention next weekend, along with a first mow and container placement. Trees are really starting to bud now and some green is beginning to pop out.

Interesting observation re bulbs and I will look forward to your update!
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Old 03-28-2018, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Tomato seedlings recovering. Must of been the bulbs as I suspected. Lessons learned.


Mid Week Update:: Decided not to transplant till this weekend. It's not even April and I don't want the plants to grow too fast. It will be Mid May when they can go outside.


But I did add a few pellets of fertilizer in the cells of Peppers and Eggplants.. 14,14,14 with a "No Burn Guarantee"


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Old 03-28-2018, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Everything looks great. I still have to thin my plants, but time has just gotten away from me the past few weeks. I am hoping to do some thinning in the next day or two and if the rain stops we should be able to get everything in our containers and growing outside within the next week or two
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Everything looks awesome, Cam! I don't fertilize my seedlings at all, but the potting mix I use has very small amounts in it, so that's why. I once tried liquid fertilizer in the house - never again. STINKY! They really don't need much until they start getting big.
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