Re: [gardeners] small victories

Jane Burdekin (
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 10:14:53 -0600

I'm glad to hear your peppers are up.  I got mine planted yesterday so I
will look later this week and see if anything is up.  I didn't see any
sprouts this morning when I looked, maybe too early.   I just got my
propagating mat this year and set it up on a wooden table.  Hopefully that
will be ok, if not I will follow your advise on the aluminum sheet.

Jane (where it's cold and grey and windy and we are expecting white showers
later today)

>Well, we're waiting for spring to finish at George's and migrate our way.
>For the past few years I've not had great success with my large (and
>expensive) propagation mat, and I finally decided to blame the formica
>table it lies upon.  The mat was sticking to the formica.  I went to a
>recycling center, and first bin I looked in had a sheet of expanded
>aluminum, not long enough to go under all of my mat, but long enough to
>hold three flats.  They didn't charge me for it. I scooted it under my prop
>mat, and plugged it in.  Planted a bunch of hot chiles.
>I didn't go into the basement again for about three days, and yesterday
>when I went downstairs, lo, there were numerous seedlings up and looking
>for sunlight.  I brought up five containers of seedlings, and left those
>with just two or three well-sprouted seedlings each on the prop. mat.  I'll
>check that today, and plant more chiles that have spent overnight in a
>saltpetre solution to hasten germination.  Certainly revived my spirits.
>We haven't had a bad winter, but cold oozy ground, strong breezes, grey
>skies and 20-30 degree temps wear you down.  Is anything enjoying this
>weather?  Sure.  Cheat grass thrives.  Poop.  Margaret L