Hi, everyone. I was away for almost a week and when I returned... Oh, my how everything had grown. Outside the bluebells opened and the lilacs bloomed.
Inside... While we were gone, our pet-house sitter watered every day and turned the trays so the plants weren't always facing into the light the same way. I had planted paste tomatoes before we left and asked that she water those from the bottom and spray the new plants as they popped up. The lights were on timers and the heat pads were still on at three of the stations. We had warmer weather and the basements warmed up, too, which I'm sure helped the growth process. This morning I moved many of the petunias to a sun porch greenhouse--one I purchased at Lowe's. At night I'll lower the plastic covering. Earlier today I also transplanted some of the tallest tomatoes and staked them. For stakes I collect strong outside branches that fall. I also have some bought at Lowe's that my husband sawed in differing lengths. I use a heavier twine to tie the plants loosely to the stake. This will change as the plants grow. I might transplant again, substitute a taller stake, and retie as needed. But we're on our way!