This time of year is a challenge for people starting seeds. It is hard to time the seedling growth with the outdoor weather. This year is especially challenging because spring seems to not have sprung in many parts of the country.
Our zucchini plants have been a particular challenge. They are growing so darn fast under our grow light set-up, but the main stems are not able to support the tops of the plants. We are using toothpicks that came with our Seed Keeper Deluxe to prop up the future veggie stars until they can venture outside into the garden. This has worked well so far and we wanted to pass along the tip.
However, if you read the comments section of this post you will learn this technique may not always work. One of our readers has pointed out that our seedlings may be too weak to survive a transplant to our outdoor garden beds. We are concerned plant parents, but hopeful some, if not all of the plants will make it. If not it is off to the local garden center for veggie plants! We will report back with our results.