Good to hear about your tom seedlings doing so well. Hey, whatever works for you or anyone else, it doesn't matter. We're all trying to reach the same goal. I won't use this mix when I transfer to cups, I use some Organic Mix potting soil for that purpose.
Sounds you've got a lot going as well, hope things turn out well for you. Where in the world are going to grow corn? Did you buy the next door neighbor's lot? I thought you were running out of room. Will be interested in seeing how your rasp cross works out, so you think you'll get berries from it this year?
It's finally stopped raining here, the sun's out but chilly. I still haven't put my new pear and peach tree in the ground, it's still too wet. Got a note from Honeyberryusa saying my tart cherries are on the way, hope they get here today or tomorrow.
As I mentioned earlier this week, I sowed 42 planter pods of tomatoes, and 48 pods of peppers. In addition, I sowed a lot of leafy veggies (cabbage, lettuce, chard, broccoli) and herbs for a total of 144 pods, in two separate planters. They're both on heat mats, with the clear greenhouse lid on them, very warm and steamy in there.
The first batch of mater's and peppers were sown on Mon and the rest of them and others were sown Tue. As of today, I have 13 tom pods sprouting after 4 days and 10 of the lettuce seeds are already up, after only 3 days! But, the soil mix is moist and warm, so I'm sure that's helped them get going. I've propped open the greenhouse lid, now that I have sprouts, don't want it to get too humid in there at this point.
Doesn't look like any of the peppers have broke thru, but I know they can take longer. In retrospect, I prob should have put all the peppers in one planter and the tom's and other seeds in another. But, peppers usually take at least 7 days for me to get going. I have 11 varieties that @thepodpiper gave me, and the others are the usual jalapeño, Anaheim, bell, and banana peppers.
When I get more sprouts up, it'll be time to get the light bank out. Do you remove the heat pads after putting the lights on your seedlings, so as to not dry out the soil?