Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Shows & Events
Last chance to attend a TOMATOMANIA event this year. From April 29 to May 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you'll have the choice of some 200 varieties (mostly heirlooms, but also the tried-and-true regulars) of extremely healthy tomato transplants in 4-inch containers. You'll also find cages, fertilizers, and lots of great information from people who have been growing them for years. The event will be held at the LA County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia. For info, visit: http://www.tomatomania.com
Clever Gardening Technique
Poor Seed Germination?
Poor germination of seeds may result from several conditions. The seeds may be too old, poorly stored, or planted too deeply. The soil temperature may be too low or too high. The soil moisture may be too dry or too wet. The soil may have too much fresh manure, which burns the seedlings but is wonderful a month or so later for transplants.
Soil that forms a crust kills germinating seeds before they can break through the soil surface. To lessen this problem, cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost, potting soil, grass clippings, potting mix, or other light-textured substances, rather than the heavier soil,
Keep the area moist but not soggy until two true leaves develop (the ones that look like tiny versions of the mature leaves). Sprinkling the bed with a fine spray of water several times a day also helps. If a muddy slurry results from irrigation, it will dry into a crust.