I still have a couple tomato seedlings in the tray that just weren't quite ready for transplant, and a couple that are far behind the rest (including all three Kosovo tomatoes that finally popped up). Most of the seedlings are under the grow light, but a few are in the south-facing window. That seemed to be a good option for the cucumbers, so I figured we'd try with the tomatoes too.
I'm down to the last six containers with cucumber plants. One is looking sickly, as it was in the north window. I'm hoping it will catch up to the beautiful growth I see from the five that have been in the south-facing window. They're starting to grow tendrils now, so I'm considering giving them something to climb - but that would make transplanting them outside next to impossible. I will consult with my son (#2) as these are in his room.
I went ahead and bought a seed starting tray for #2 to plant his herb garden in. He has ten varieties, and planted five of each. Off the top of my head, I know he has Basil, Tarragon, Thyme, Cumin, and Dill. I can't remember the rest. I'm hoping they come up well. He will have so much fun finding new recipes so he can use his own fresh herbs!
Today I made the day trip to St. Cloud to visit Petsmart and Petco. I had intended to get some Chinese algae eaters for the freshwater tank, and some snails and emerald crabs for the saltwater tank, but of the things on my list, between both stores, I was only able to find two Chinese algae eaters. The trip wasn't a complete loss though. I found an aquaponic fish tank system! It's small, but it's actually made to be an aquaponic plant growing fish tank, so I went ahead and spent more than I had intended to get it. It came with a coupon for a 99-cent betta, so I picked out a yellow one and named him Kernel Mustard. Yes, I know it should be spelled Colonel, but in the spirit of yellow - he's named after corn instead. The tank will be set up in #2's bedroom as he has been asking for a fish tank for a few years now, and does well keeping his room picked up. It also helps that he wants to grow garden herbs, and I think this smaller system will work well for that. A big welcome to Kernel Mustard as the newest member of the family, and part of our ongoing gardening experiment.
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