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Subject: Miscellaneous observations, thanks, questions Date: 4/7/2014 10:24 AM
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I've been growing peppers and tomatoes from seed for about a month now and the success is due to someone here recommending a heating mat. I do have a flourescent light and am using another LED light for most of the plants (is a grow light essential or is this sufficient? I was trying not to spend too much over and above what I already have). I put them outside in the sun when I can. Today it is raining - finally - so I am very happy (so far ~1 1/2"; I report on COCORAHs http://www.cocorahs.org/)

Just yesterday I planted a concord grape, a blackberry and another blueberry (blueberry in a pot on the patio, an experiment of sorts). I also planted a muscadine near the concord grape, and wonder - does anyone know if they cross pollinate? I looked it up and it says muscadine are either male or female and can cross pollinate with American and European grape, but experience from some here might be a good idea. I haven't put up a trellis yet - any suggestions on that? http://homeguides.sfgate.com/crosspollinate-grape-vines-2408...

Thanks to all for info here. I bought the little greenhouse thing with the styrofoam insert and grow sponges. I left some that did not germinate in the warm moisture too long and they got moldy. Can I sterilize them to reuse next year? How?

I wish I could share some of my plants with you. I have about 50 mild pepper plants (some a little spicy) and almost as many tomato plants. They are all still very little but many are doing quite well. Some are just hanging in there. (Which brings another question--has anyone grown sweet habanero before? My seedlings are not doing that great). I don't have a tilled, big plot of land. I do container gardening, so I am trying to figure out how I can grow more of this stuff easily. I'm giving some away to family and friends, of course. But I must have at least 8 types of peppers and about 6 types of tomatoes. None of them are that common for sale as plants at Walmart, Lowe's, etc. You can find some of them as mature plants but not that many. Some are from seeds I harvested from peppers in Panama and from peppers I bought here (but who knows where they were grown).

Happy rainy Monday!
Linda
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