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A big tragedy struck my poor seedlings the other day. Quick background: We started a variety of tomato, pepper, and herb seeds, most heirloom varieties. We put most in our unheated garage under a shop light and over a heatedT seef mat. We didn't have enough space in the garage so we put about 1/3 in a south face window. That was about a month
Fast forward to this week. Seedlings were getting pretty big and strong but I noticed some leaves were turning yellow. Taking my gardening friend, Jami from Oregon cottage, advice I put liquid fish fertilizer on them. Well wouldn't you know it the next day when I went out to turn on the shop light I was greeted with the most horrifying sight. (at this point in the story check out the pictures below). Something in my garage had eaten every last one of my poblano and red pepper plants. Also almost every single set of seed leaves were eaten off! Seriously? SERIOUSLY!
We have a stray cat that occasionally lives under our house-which is fine with us since it eats all the mice under the house. But I think the fish fertilizer was just too enticing for kitty because within two days of putting that fertilizer on, the plants were eaten!
It's been almost a week since I discovered the terror annihilation in my garage and I'm sad to say that the plants look terrible (look at pictures). I originally started all these heirloom varieties to sell at my warm season gardening class. But I don't know if they will make it. Weak plants are sitting ducks for garden pests and I don't think my seedlings are strong enough to sell. What a bummer as I wanted to make a buck selling them! Blah and double blah!!
Seedling adventure to be continued......