It’s been a while since I posted. Just trying to get my health and my mind back. Spring may have sprung somewhere but not here yet, even so, I have been busy in the greenhouse. I hope to share all of that with you. Thought I’d start out with something simple. We started our peppers back in January. I have to say that they are the best peppers I’ve ever grown! I would swear by the LED lights we purchased from Barina on Amazon
As I was hovering over the seed trays looking at all the life that popped up I saw something I didn’t recognize, at least it didn’t look like a pepper leaf. This was, of course after they grew their first true leaves. Hmmmm. didn’t know what to make of it since we had not opened a tomato seed packet at all! Just pepper seeds. Well, I don’t know what it is or where it came from so since it seemed like a plucky little thing, we transplanted it into a regular pot. It looked like the Ugly Duckling sort of thing. Not ugly really, just definitely not a pepper. I am going to grow it out and hopefully, it will be some magical, fabulous-tasting tomato.
What I want you to get out of this is that mistakes don’t always happen in my hands. Often, from a seed packet, we will have plants that are supposed to have a potato leaf and not a regular leaf. those are the easy ones to differentiate. I have had as much as a 50/50 difference in the seedlings. Where I feel bad is when a customer gets something he didn’t bargain for such as a cherry tomato, not a beefsteak. Sometimes it’s a happy accident. Our friends had an oxheart and not a Cherokee Purple. didn’t know what it was although we had some guesses and he saved the seed which we are growing this year in the hopes it will be the same. They waxed rhapsodically over the sandwiches they had from this particular plant. Who knew? You really don’t know until it fruits. Sometimes I can tell the difference between a short little dwarf and an indeterminate or it may have bluish-green leaves or even a differently shaped leaf such as the Silvery Fir Tree. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine.
Even though we try hard to keep things straight, it happens. In my business, I always will replace the errant plant Personally, can’t imagine how difficult it must be to keep seeds straight out in the field. And collecting and preparing them for seed packets, what a job!