The currently planted seeds germinated sometime between Friday and Saturday night, with most of them now up. Our only problem seems to be the Slim Jim eggplants – germination rate appears to be 6 out of 18, one of them a double (we put 2 seeds in each cell then pull the less-robust plant as they get bigger.) J is vaguely irritated with Pine Tree Seeds, our seed-supplier of choice – last year we had a problem with the red pepper plants where the first batch never germinated, the second batch only gave us five plants, and we only grew two peppers all season and they both rotted before picking. This might be the year they get a note about the seed problem. I hope it’s not a repeat of last year’s pepper debacle. I picked the new type of eggplants (we are also growning another type, but these are leftover seeds from last year) because it’s got a fast growth rate and I was looking to have an early harvest of eggplants (Slim Jims) before the later summer eggplants. Thereby guaranteeing I will be completely sick of eggplant by late August.
In other news, this morning we were invaded by birds. This is secondhand information, mind you, because I leave the house so early I never see or hear any of our feathered friends because they are not yet awake. Apparently they caused quite a ruckus:
This reminds me, I should start thinking about a scarecrow for the back 40, so the little buggers don’t eat all the seeds we put in.