Under the grow lights: The summer crops emerge

Cucumbers, melons, and squash

Cucumbers, melons, and squash

Last weekend, I seeded my summer crops.  As you can see, I’m having really good germination and early growth under the new grow lights.  In these 28 pots, I have three types of cucumbers (Alibi, Green Slam, and Boothby’s Blonde), two melons (Yellow Doll watermelon and Ambrosia melon), two pumpkins (Small Sugar Pie and Cinderella) and two winter squash (Early Butternut and Small Wonder Spaghetti).

Golden Bantam corn

Golden Bantam corn

Also under the lights, the Golden Bantam corn is also starting to emerge.  I’ve never grown corn and hear it can be tricky.  We’ll see if it is worth the effort.

Peppers, basil, and petunias

Peppers, basil, and petunias

Here, in the upper right, you can see the repotted pepper seedlings that survived the attack of indoor cutworms. Since repotting these a few days ago, I’ve not had any new seedling damage.  To the left of the pepper seedlings, there are two varieties of basil and below that a small tray of petunias. Everything under the new grow light system is doing well, when not bothered by insects that is.

Golden Sex Link chicks, 2.5 weeks

Golden Sex Link chicks, 2.5 weeks

Finally, our animal summer crop. Here you can see our three Golden Sex Link chicks.  They are now two and half weeks old.  Real feathers are starting to come in and they are beginning to look like awkward teenagers.  Definitely not as cute as they were when they first came home, but they are growing nicely and doing well so far.  Chirp chirp.

Happy gardening!


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4 Responses to Under the grow lights: The summer crops emerge

  1. sinfonian2 says:

    Wow, extensive post. So much going on. Glad to hear that your summer crops are sprouting. I’ve had so-so luck with my cukes. I’m afraid to start my melons, I don’t have many seeds left.

    Glad your chicks are doing well. Sounds like you had a busy day. Good work!

  2. DoubleD says:

    The chicks are still cute – even if they are turning into gawky teenagers!

    So glad to see that your new grow lights are making such a difference for you. Everything is looking really good.

    I grew Golden Bantam corn in my 2007 garden and it did well for me. Hopefully you will have the same experience.

  3. Dan says:

    Indoor cut worms must be a pretty rare occurrence. Your summer crops look great. I can’t wait to start mine in a week or two.

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