I think we are far enough along in our Back to Eden Garden test to start drawing up a few opinions. My wife had started several plants inside prior to planting them in the garden.
However, we also planted several seeds directly into the soil. While some of those planted into the soil are struggling, I feel that they are having problems due to some specific weather conditions we have had.
After our planting we had a few nights dip in to the low 30’s – not freezing, but around 34 degrees Fahrenheit. Top that with some pretty steady rain that caused some water to sit above the ground (over the height of the seedlings), and I think that is where the trouble came.
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Of the seeds that were planted indoors, all except two pea plants are struggling. They just do not look healthy – they are yellowish, not growing quickly, or flat out dead. The artichoke has died and I believe most if not all of the broccoli is dead as well. The peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, sunflower and peas are all still alive, but again, only two of the pea plants really seem to be thriving.
Of the seeds planted directly into the ground, the potatoes and peas are taking off like wild fire. All of those plants are vibrant and strong looking. The tomatoes are not really doing much – I think the cold snap hurt them – and neither are the onion or lettuces – I think the “flood” hurt those.
The peppermint, planted as a part of the Container Gardening with Back to Eden, seems to be doing well. This plant is my “control” – put out in the same “all sun, all weather” exposure that the rest of the garden gets.
In fairness, the only extreme that can be placed towards the seedlings that were started indoors is that they were planted in “less the ideal” pots… meaning some of the plants may have had some root damage while being transplanted. If that is the true problem, I would have hoped for them to have recovered a bit more quickly, but I am unsure if they would have or not.
Thank you for reading, and stay tuned – we will let you know how things go!
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