Gawky chicks and the indoor phantom insects return!

Chopped down watermelon seedling

Chopped down watermelon seedling

A few things for my quick post today. First, I noticed more insect damage under the grow lights yesterday. As you can see in the lower right, one of the watermelon seeds was cut down.  So the seedling damage continues.  I gave all the seedlings under the grow lights a BT treatment, so hopefully this will end the damage.

While looking at the seedlings today, I also noticed that the winter squash seedlings are huge.  And they are developing large root structures very fast.  I’m going to have to move them out of these little pots this weekend or I could end up with root damage.

Pumpkin seedling with roots emerging

Pumpkin seedling with roots emerging

Finally, here’s a peak at our baby chicks.  They are nearly three weeks old now and doing quite well.  They aren’t quite as cute as they once were, but they appear to be quite healthy and doing well in their environment.


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5 Responses to Gawky chicks and the indoor phantom insects return!

  1. DoubleD says:

    The squash seedlings have a very short life in the pot before they need to go outside – they don’t much like to be transplanted either – so the sooner they can safely go in the ground the better. I just turned off the heat mat under my squash/zucchini/cucumber seedlings, and will be moving them out to the greenhouse soon to start the short hardening off process. Shooting to plant them out by May 9th – May 16th at the latest.

    Chicks are brighteyed and quite cute.

  2. sinfonian2 says:

    Sorry to hear your seedling problems. Let’s hope the BT helps.

    My, those sure are cute chicks. I was thinking how animated they are with no arms, hehe, their heads and necks move so creatively, it’s cool!

  3. Dan says:

    That is so weird to see the seedlings cut off indoors. Have you found a cut worm?

  4. Dan, it is strange. I haven’t seen any worms at all.

  5. HoboDog says:

    I am having the same problem. I planted some tomato seeds for a fall crop (we have a rather pleasant fall growing season here in Phx Az). I just checked them, and half look like they’ve been chopped down. I used sterilized potting mix, etc. like I always do.

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