Week Five: Everyday Should be Earth Day!
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This Week We'll cover indoor and outdoor tasks for seedling and garden prep. But we'll also circle back to another way of growing your own food we've mentioned but not yet explored: container gardening. It's never too late to start growing something in a container, and for those of us new to growing food it's a great way to start!
First, let's take a look at...
What Should I Plant This Week?
Indoor seeding is slowing down for now, but if some of your seeds haven't germinated it's not too late to try again for many things.
Sometimes our seedlings start to look leggy and weak a few weeks after germination. Be sure your light fixture is very close to your plants, just a few inches from the bulb, to keep them from reaching for the light.
Also, you can introduce a fan to your setup. A slight breeze blowing across your seedlings simulates an outdoor breeze and will strengthen the stems. You'll find your stems starting to beef up after a few weeks.
Air circulation is very important for keeping conditions at bay that cause damping-off (covered last week). An oscillation fan works well for this too. Just keep an eye on the watering because the moving air will dry the soil out quicker. Watering from below is preferable to keep the water where it's needed, down at the roots.