15 April 2016
Speaking of those, I've noticed that in the second tray of sown basil, only the sweet basil seed I bought has sprouted. The saved seed from both thai (purple) basil and sweet basil failed. So I think I will toss those packets, if they're not viable. I've only got one seedling in my last tomato tray- a cherry tomato. No italian tomatoes. But I think that failure was from not keeping the tray warm enough. I'm going to try again for more cherry tomatoes (they will be late ones!)
MG stuff, which I am starting to really dislike. It smells chemical, like gasoline. Why should the odor of soil remind me of gasoline? I want to get the dirt on my hands, not feel leery of it. Regardless, he brought a huge bag of that stuff home, which is so stuffed with fertilizers they put delaying agents in it- some kind of coating that causes slow-release (maybe that's the smell) and it's supposed to feed plants for three months.
I'd rather feed my plants with homemade compost and nutrients from the fish tank and worm bin. But I have this now, so I spread it around all my veggies in the garden plots. It does look tidy, nice and dark. I'll keep an eye on them to see if health improves. And wash my hands.