“Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.” - Elbert Hubbard
On the heels of yesterday's harvest photos, I'm feeling a little blue this morning. You see, that harvest was from the transplants I purchased from the local hardware store. It does look like I'll get one or two more salads out of them, but that will probably be it. I planted dozens and dozens of greens seeds - buttercrunch, a looseleaf mix, even pak choi - and even though they've germinated, they aren't growing. I've tried giving them full sun, partial sun, more water, less water, fish emulsion. Nothing seems to be working - and I think they're doomed to spend eternity as tiny little sprouts. The same thing seems to be happening with my carrots. They've sprouted, but just won't grow. Our high temperatures have been in the low 80's. Perhaps that's the reason?
I was really looking forward to more crisp, fresh salads straight from the garden, and I was hoping to offset some of this year's garden costs with lettuce harvests, as we eat salads at least once a week. Is there anything else I can try? Is there any hope?