Fraoch's grow log

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I received an AeroGarden Harvest and a Salsa Garden seed kit as Christmas gifts.

I started the Salsa Garden and only now have I noticed that it is a 7-seed kit (2 tomatoes, 1 pepper and 4 spacers).  Oops.  Well one tomato pod is spaced properly, the other one has the pepper beside it.  Spacers are at the front and in between one tomato and the pepper.  Too late now, we'll see what they do anyway...

We have very hard water here, the hardest in the country, so I set myself up with two big jugs (the kind used in water coolers) of reverse osmosis water and a hand pump.

On day 4, I noticed one of the tomato seeds sitting on top of the peat plug was turning green and cracking.

On day 5, the first sprout started to appear from one of the tomato pods.  Only two hours later I noticed another sprout appearing.

On day 6, the other tomato pod sprouted and again within a few hours a second sprout appeared there.

The most developed tomatoes started touching the clip-on transparent plastic dome on day 7.  By day 8 they were touching both sides of the dome so I removed the dome.  As soon as the dome was removed it was apparent that the tomatoes were starting to grow adult leaves.

The pepper still hasn't done anything as of day 8.

Next step: dig out my unused aquarium air pump and use it in the tank.

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MaryL
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Hi Fraoch,

Hi Fraoch,

I love the salsa kit and I'm glad yours is off to a good start.  It's so early you can still move your pods around to the correct holes.  If memory serves, the 2 tomatos go in the back on the far right and far left, and the pepper goes in the front center hole.  I have fond memories of that kit.  Someone on another forum suggested I root my cuttings in water and then put them in another AG.  It totally worked so I had 2 salsa gardens out of one.  $yes

Fraoch
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I removed the last clip-on

I removed the last clip-on dome from the peppers and put on the wine glass/bell jar dome.  The peppers grew almost an inch today, they were touching the top of the dome by the end of the day (day 10).  The wine glasses are really acting as mini-greenhouses.  Checking on them this evening, the centre one is actually warm to the touch.

I wanted to make sure it wasn't too warm, so I used my non-contact thermometer and it read 28 C (82 F).  Wow!  Not too hot thank goodness, but like a warm summer's day around here.  And the humidity inside these is enough to cause condensation which makes it just like a greenhouse inside.  Plus the condensation diffuses the light a bit which is always good for plants.

Fraoch
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Wow, love the wine glass idea

Wow, love the wine glass idea!!  Definitely going to keep that in mind.  Enjoy your pictures of the progress of your little seedlings!  Fun!

Thanks!

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On day 8 I removed the grow

On day 8 I removed the grow dome from one of the tomatoes.  By day 9 it was apparent these plants were suffering - the immature leaves had dried up around the edges.

As the other tomato plant with the grow dome still clipped on was doing well and the grow dome was gathering a lot of condensation, I attributed this to the extremely dry winter air - 24% humidity measured in the next room.  I misted the tomatoes several times and used a humidifier in the area but the damage was done.

My wife suggested I try some cheap disposable plastic wine glasses we had left over from a party a few years ago and use them as grow domes.  I placed one over the damaged tomatoes after misting them and they allow a LOT of space and are completely transparent.  Brilliant!  They remind me of the "bell jars" the Victorians used to use to start seedlings.

So I used one over the damaged tomatoes and on day 9 I removed another clip-on grow dome over the other tomatoes and used another wine glass in its place.  On day 10 it was apparent the second wine glass was working fine - condensation was forming inside and the plant was still growing and undamaged.  The first grow dome over the damaged tomatoes did not show any condensation - there was also additional damage, this time to the tiny adult leaves.  I realized the dome was sitting propped up on one of the sealed ports in the back of my AeroGarden Harvest and corrected this.  I've misted it and anticipate no further damage, though these plants now aren't as tall as the second set of tomatoes which started later.

The pepper continues to do well.  There is a second sprout appearing though I can't be sure if it's an offshoot of the first plant or a separate second plant.

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Wow, love the wine glass idea

Wow, love the wine glass idea!!  Definitely going to keep that in mind.  Enjoy your pictures of the progress of your little seedlings!  Fun!

 

Just learning but so excited!

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Near the end of day 8,

Near the end of day 8, something green emerges from the pepper pod!  No leaves yet but it's alive!

Meanwhile tomato pod #2 is showing adult leaves as well, though it hasn't yet touched the sides of the plastic grow dome.

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