Sunday, March 25, 2007

Ready to transplant

It's been two weeks now since the first seeds were planted. Nearly all of them have sprouted (the neon eggplant are slowly coming up!), the first true leaves are coming out, and you can tell at a glance the difference between the peppers and the slightly fuzzier, duller-green eggplant. They are big enough to begin transplanting into larger cells. The hot peppers, which were planted later, are just beginning to sprout.

The plants are becoming high maintenance as they mature. Mom not only has to uncover the plants during the day so that they get light, but also lift them out of the heat chamber on sunny days so that they don't heat up too much and so that the roots don't grow out of the soil. Plus, they need to be watered frequently since the heat dries them out. It's a lot of work to start our own seeds, but being able to control the quality and choose the seed varieties makes it worth it for us.