Elizabeth - welcome, and thanks for following the blog!
As the tiny tomato seedlings began to emerge from the seed starting mix the other day, I shot a few photos of the progress. Because the shelf is so long (8 ft.), it required 2 different pictures to get everything.
Photo below - these are all Cherokee Purple - around 96 of them, I think.....there's a few more to the right, which weren't captured in the shot. In all, there's about 130 CP planted.....
Photo below - here's more of the same, along with several Mortgage Lifter, Brandywine, Neves Azorean Red, and bell peppers at the very end. In all, 210 cells were planted in this propagation system.
Photo below - I really enjoy seeing this phenomenon. As the tiny seedling emerges into this world of ours, it's hard to believe that it'll provide several large Cherokee Purple tomatoes for someone's family later on. At this stage of growth, it's important that it receives as much light as possible, or it will become leggy. Once all of them are up, i'll only run the lights 16 hrs/day.
Photo below - here's a shot of the trending data for 12 hours. The blue and red lines are the only ones of concern, because they represent the 2 propagation systems currently being used. Toward the right of the screen, you can see that the temperatures dropped below the control parameters while I was tending to them. When left alone, the temperatures are always kept between 60 and 65 degrees - regardless of the temperature in the shed.
In a couple of days i'll show some photos of the current growth, and all of the cells should be occupied by some type of plant. Peppers are alway the last things to pop up, and that's what i'm waiting on.
BTW, I guess you figured out from the germination photos that i'm growing lots of varieties not listed in my initial tomato schedule. This is because I received alot of various seeds from Trudi, and just have to try at least one of each. Also, there will be no Green Giant grown this year, because I can't find my seeds, dangit! hehe...I don't know what happened to them. Oh well, maybe they'll make their prescence known before next year.
Also, i'm only utilizing 2 of the 3 propagation systems currently, at a total of 338 plants. If some of them start to get crowded, i'll fire up the 3rd system. It's good to have room for expansion.....
Take care, and happy gardening!