Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Speaking of Isolation...


Really, I am talking about the tomatoes!

Helga is being put into isolation, just for a few days really. Just until I can get her healthy. The expert opinion is that perhaps she is overwatered. (insert sigh of relief here) I had concerns that Helga might have had some deeper issues, like a bacterial something that was in all her seeds. We will check and see if watering her less and more sunlight helps her out.

I have all the seedlings in a "Mel's Mix". Named after the guy who wrote Square Foot Gardening, this is the author's recipe for soil: 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 compost, this mix is an excellent container and raised bed soil. The mix holds a ton of extra water and I am now guessing that Helga likes it all a bit drier.

I really did ask an expert- (Master Gardener Paul) ~ If you get a chance, check out his blog "a posse ad esse" ~ link in my sidebar. One of the beautiful things about the blogging community is their willingness to help and offer suggestions to remedy what may be ailing your garden. I really appreciate reading the blogs I link to and was blessed to get a rapid response from Paul about my dilemma with the Helga Toms.

Keep watching, I will post pictures of how the Helga's are doing.

:)

2 comments:

P said...

Hope it works out for Helga. She will most likely still loose the lowermost leaves, but otherwise, I think you'll be alright. With germination rates like you got, those plants definitely want to live.

Wishing you well.
Paul~

Daphne said...

I'm sure your little Helga will make it just fine. There are worse things in the world for a tomato plant than just a little over watering.