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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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Thu Mar 16, 23 10:05 AM CST

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Thu Mar 16, 23 10:45 AM CST

I completely understand about staying short on sleep. I do the same thing for two or three weeks.  I hate changing the clocks!

31 posts
Thu Mar 16, 23 10:46 AM CST

Once those plants get up and doing something they really do demand some attention at least till they get put into the ground to grow.

There's always something that needs to be done this time of year.

38 posts
Thu Mar 16, 23 11:30 AM CST

Oh, the time change ~ I don't do well with them either.

I am sure enjoying these Peek Week posts.  They actually remind me of the journals you've shared.  They are real life which I appreciate :-)

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Thu Mar 16, 23 12:39 PM CST

I'm another who isn't a fan of the time changing.

Question:when growing seedlings by the window how do you prevent them getting too stalky before you transplant them to the next size pot. My brassica always seem to be that way.

They do grow normally after being transferred.

You are doing well with making sure you can save your precious plants from the changeable weather Donna.

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Thu Mar 16, 23 1:31 PM CST

Karen S, you might be able to plant your brassicas outside earlier to avoid them growing leggy in the windowsill, depending on your climate;  brassicas in general can tolerate cool weather and light frosts.  I actually start my seed trays outdoors on a table on my patio this time of year:  March to early April (the slugs eat them if I sow direct into the ground).  It saves me the effort of acclimatizing them, and I simply transplant them out into the ground when they have 4-6 good leaves on them.  Some things I have to start indoors like tomatoes and squash, as my climate (northern England) is too cool to grow them otherwise.

59 posts
Thu Mar 16, 23 2:04 PM CST

thank you Galadriel F. 

I found they grow leggy not long after they germinate when they have 2 leaves still. I start them in the sunroom as tunnelhouse too hot and outdoors there are still the white cabbage butterflies around.

I am in NZ and these plants are being grown now for the Autumn/Winter garden  here. 

I have a frame sitting on the concrete that I covered with sheer netting and have popped the repotted seedlings under it . Gardening is always a learning experience.  I've been doing it for over 40 years and it still excites me

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Thu Mar 16, 23 8:11 PM CST

Grandma Donna wrote, Karen S, to answer your question how to prevent them from getting too stalky.   This has been a challenge, but has worked this year.  Our windows in our house are not typical long windows and the way the house sits I get the east sun in the morning coming in one window ledge that I can use.  As soon as the seedlings emerge I get them in the morning sun at that window ledge.  I actually wrapped part of the bottom of my window screen with plastic wrap to break the cold wind. 

One they were up a bit more I started putting them in a clear deep storage tote and after the window sun didn't reach the window ledge I transferred them to the tote and took them outside.  The sun would hit the plastic tote and warm the inside like a mini greenhouse.  As they got a bit taller I put them in another shorter tote so they could get the breeze to make them move and get stronger.  Each day I did this, I pampered them quite a bit.  This was for the tomatoes.  The herbs and other seedlings were shorter so it was easier with them.  But they went outside each time the tomatoes went out.  Then they outgrew the seedling tray, I transplanted them to a cup and then to a garden pot.  Each day taking them out as soon as the sun was warm enough to heat the totes or warm enough for them to withstand the temperature which also was hardening them off.  The main thing is I watch for the sun, go out and feel if it is warming me and if it did, it was time to take them outside.  I brought them back in before they got cold, each day. 

Our night time temperatures reached the 60s and day time 80s so they started staying outside.

Now we are having late night and early morning cold weather thirty degrees, frost etc.  Looks like we have 4 to five more nights.  I take them out about mid morning, once the temp is above 50 degrees.  

Right now has required the most work for me with them bringing the pots inside and out for the past three nights.  Following the weather forecast we have about five more nights we have to do this, and I will be so GLAD when we get past 50 degrees!  These are Cherokee Purple tomatoes from seed and I hope I can keep them growing well like this.  They are very strong, they never got leggy the only thing that has gotten a little bit leggy is the basil but I feel that it will be okay.   

I feel they need sun, warmth and air movement to keep them from getting leggy.  I hope this helps. 

Editing here, I just noticed you said planting for fall.  I would do basically the same but probably under shade cloth so they do not get too hot?  But still try and get some wind movement on them.  

Edited Thu Mar 16, 23 8:15 PM by Grandma Donna
59 posts
Thu Mar 16, 23 9:49 PM CST

Dear Donna

Thank you so much for teaching me what to do with my seedlings 

Bless you 

18 posts
Fri Mar 17, 23 5:29 AM CST

Always am encouraged after your post

82 posts
Wed Apr 05, 23 4:09 PM CST

I have my seedlings indoors as I don't have a greenhouse built yet. I keep mine in a bedroom that has a porch that shades it in the hot afternoon sun. I've even just put up a piece of cardboard or darker colored material when it's full afternoon sun to keep them from getting leggy. I remove it and then they get sun the rest of the day. It's worked for me in the past. The material looks like Beatrix Potter. We love that book series. Our library has a very large display that someone made many years ago of all the characters.

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