Farm Worklog Mar. 8, 2024

Mostly repotting seedlings today: the orange caesalpinias, all the regular albizia julibrisson (like, nearly seventy yikes), the moringa, the yucca baccata, the polka dot plant, the seedless tomatoes, plus some bonus Malabar spinach that were growing in them (accidentally dumped the Malabar spinach pot into the bag of soil oops). Repotted the Cherokee Purple tomatoes, a few of the Rosy Finch.

Sowed: rosemary, Green pepper basil, mealy sage(?), lantanas, and the desert willow. Two more tomatoes: Mexico Midget and Fahrenheit Blues, and another pepper, Ancho Poblano.

Sprouts: nearly all the zinnias have sprouts, the Sacred Lotus, safflower, a bunch of the basils

Farm Worklog Mar. 7, 2024

Can’t sleep so I sowed some herbs: three basils, Peruvian, Blue Spice, and Cinnamon, mountain mint, lemon mint, and bergamot.

Also started some snake plant cuttings.

Update, 10:40am: sorted some of the wildflower seeds. Note to self: don’t just throw them all in a tray this year. What a PITA. I accidentally knocked the dregs of the tray onto the floor at the end, gave up and swept the mess into the trash. Composing a wild harvesting kit to keep in my car from now on, to prevent such fiascos in the future. Will update on that when I actually get it done.


Farm Worklog Mar. 3, 2024

Sowed: calliandra californica; calliandra eriophylla; five basils: Sweet Genovese, Dark Opal, Thai, Persian, and Purple Globe; Italian Oregano, Sage, and English Thyme, Sweet Marjoram, Winter Chervil, Sunmer and Winter Savory, the mandarin seeds ( they were already starting to germinate in the water); lilikoi, laurel(?); a couple of mystery seeds from our outing at the Ladybird Johnson Wikdflower Center, and all the rest of the lithops.

The Albizia julibrisson are coming out swinging. Look at these vigorous beebs! There’s also a caesalpinia pulcherrima visible in the next tray,

Tray of Albizia julibrisson seedlings under grow lights

There are sprouts in all the tomato pots, the Malabar spinach looks like it’s starting to germinate, and all the caesalpinias except for the red are showing a few sprouts each. The palo verde look about ready to break earth too.

Watered the haworthia tray, some of them were getting a bit dry. Repotted my Pink Princess Philodendron, broke off the top and put that in a new pot, all the offsets look good except for that one that always looks like it’s about to die. The yucca baccata are sprouting too. Prepped the Mealy Sage seeds, soaking the retama for planting tomorrow too.

Farm Worklog Mar 1, 2024

Sowed: all the succulents, and all but nine of the lithops, two astrophytums, the plumeria mix, the black Sapote, that second packet of yucca baccata.

Sprouts: I found a seed poking up from the first pot of yucca baccata, and it had a root, so at least one of those seeds was still viable, which is nice, considering how long they’ve been sitting around. Several of the Albisia julibrisson are sprouting (both varieties) and the caesalpinia mexicana too. Yay!

Farm Worklog Feb 29, 2024

Woke up at four am to take my meds really late (oops) and started sowing the haworthias. Just one pot, H. Obtusa ‘Moon Light’

Update, 1:00pm: I’m up now, and continuing on with the haworthias: H. Picta ‘picta 101’; H. Hybrid ‘Blue Haze’; H. Hybrid ‘Silver Mutica’; H. Hybrid ‘Pale hyb’ variegated; H. Hybrid ‘bolusii’ variegated; H. Hybrid ‘Renny’s Oibo’; and a single Gasteria cv ‘Groovy’ for the small batch individual seed packets. Also the 100 seed packs of mixed H. Picta and H. Comcorre.

Interesting note: gasteria seeds are different from haworthia seeds, a little bigger, flatter, and darker in color. This is the first time I’ve attempted any gasteria from seed, so I’m not sure if this is a general difference.

In some slightly encouraging news, it appears that several of the Mamillaria plumosa seedlings I have been hardcore neglecting for over a year now have survived? I am floored. Look at these tiny babies.

Four very small, about 3mm wide by 5mm tall cacti seedlings, Mamillaria plumosa
I would literally die for these tiny cacti beebs

They even have tiny fluffs already!

Edit, 10:49pm: I have the first sprouts (aside from the above cacti), and they are the Pink Polka Dot Plants! Which I apparently forgot to log! So for future ref, I also planted those and the Variegated African Violet seeds on day one. Also my coconut coir and plant food and horticultural charcoal arrived today, woo.