I never seem to have enough time to get fully grown pumpkins so I like to get seeds started indoors. I would have started them last week but I've been away from home and already had a lot for my housesitter to look after.
I generally direct sow seeds for summer or winter squash but based on last year's poor results, I've decided to start them indoors as well.
The following are now under the lights:
- Watermelon: 10 seeds of Moonbeam; 10 seeds of Sugar Baby
- Pumpkins: 10 seeds Sugar Baby; 10 seeds of a Rainbow Blend variety pack
- Winter Squash: 6 seeds each of Sweet Dumpling, Waltham Butternut, Table Queen Acorn
- Summer Squash: 10 seeds various; 6 seeds Zapolitto del Trunco
- Melons: 10 seeds Hales Best; 10 seeds Mouse Melon
- Cukes: 12 seeds Marketmore
I've done a really good job this year with tracking the dates when I have started seeds. As I was entering the dates for today's batch, I realized I had missed planting seeds for Red Kuri squash. I'll try to find that seed packet and get those in later today.
But I am still having a lot of problems labeling the seedlings - in fact, I'm already a bit mixed up with my peppers (not sure which is which for a few of them). I've tried plastic labels that you write on; unfortunately, the writing keeps fading, especially in the greenhouse.
I really need to keep track of these as I'm likely going to share some winter squash seedlings with friends. So I'm trying this new style where you just stick a piece of paper (or the seedling packet itself if empty) into a tube. They are much pricier but can obviously be reused. Once I've got the cucurbits in the ground (or given away to friends) I'll use these label markers for other crops like carrots.