|Then: Pretty little basils all in a row.|
I was successful at getting them nestled into their 3" plastic pots, which had been soaked in a 9:1 water/bleach solution. Not two days later, I notice a fine film of mold growing on top of each little patch of soil. And not just on the little seedlings! I also repotted some of my coleous rootings and they were moldy as well. I was crushed! Here, I've worked so hard to create strong and successful plants only to be thwarted by a mold that I can only assume came from unclean reused pots despite my having soaked them in bleach.
As I prepared for the drastic measure of repotting my recently repotted delicate seedling, I opened a second bag of Sta-Green Moisture Max. The first bag had been completely depleted during Friday's repot-o-rama. I open the bag to find that the soil is COVERED in mold. COVERED. WTH? It wasn't expensive, but I really do expect more when I purchase things from Lowe's. I realize that Lowe's isn't the best place to get everything, but for a place which many would consider their "go to" for gardening stuff this is crap. Needless to say I was disappointed.
I was happy to attempt to turn my frown upside down.
On a whim, I did something I NEVER do. At 10pm on a Monday night, the giant and I went to Walmart. I hate Walmart [insert rant about destruction of small town America, killing of local businesses, etc]. Walmart had a GREAT organic Miracle Grown potting soil which was far higher quality than that Sta-Green shit. (Don't get me wrong - I don't have a problem with Sta-Green, it's the improper storage of the soil that most likely lead to the mold problem. I blame Lowe's.)
In a tizzy, two weeks ago, on Monday at nearly midnight, I repotted 8 previously potted seedlings (sun gold tomatoes and borage), and I potted 6 cherokee purples and 3 basils.
Things are looking up in the Ninny-Giant household. I'm happy to report that two weeks later, there's not a trace of that mold, or that Sta-Green potting soil...it got returned to Lowe's.
The seedlings have since been relocated upstairs to the office...and wrapped in a foil tent. The giant is slightly embarrassed and has predicted that the neighbors think that I am trying to prevent aliens from reading my thoughts. But, no, that's not the case. In fact, I am working hard to simply increase the light that my little green family is getting. It's working too. My tomatoes are huge and so is my lettuce!
|Lovely foil tent!|