hothouse blossoms

Tomatoes are starting to blossom in the hothouse. Looking forward to having fresh Kakao, Climster, and Frederik tomatoes in the next month.


Only one of my Imperial Star artichoke seedlings survived. I planted 10 seeds, 7 germinated, 5 got to cotyledon stage, and 1 made it to second-leaf stage — despite careful temperature, fertilizer, water, and ventilation control. Artichokes have a reputation for being finicky to raise from seed.

The lone survivor looks like it’s doing well, though. If it makes it all the way to maturity, I’ll let it go to seed and save those seeds for next year’s planting.  Fingers crossed, the sturdy genes will be passed on….

artichoke with second leaves

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