Pumpkins, chives, tropical takeover and lessons of broccoli.
Pumpkin seedlings. Mine are getting rather tall (perhaps I planted them a tad early, shhhh), and like to fall over 'cause their cotyledons are heavy. They're not breaking or anything, but I've been propping them up a bit since there isn't really much room for them to fall over where they are right now (indoors). I want to put them outside, but the seed package says "Plant out June 1st." What will happen if I disobey and put them outside earlier? I'm in zone 8, I believe (Victoria, BC, Canada). It's pretty warm here, and also if someone says "You can't do that," I automatically want to know why not, and then I want to try it... you get the idea. Chives. What do they like best? Tropical plants! Someone who was moving house just off-loaded a bunch on to me - I couldn't say no! My house is becoming a jungle. However, I think I'll have to throw out a couple of sad-looking cacti (Opuntia fragilis) - I don't like them, and I don't think they've been liking their environment too much. And finally, some of you may remember me talking about having planted too many broccoli seeds (or not). I had a thick mat of seedlings for a while, but then I tried to transplant them too early, and ALL except one turned white and died. So the lesson here, kids, is don't try transplanting broccoli until AFTER it grows its first true set of leaves (not just the cotyledons they come up with). I've learned my lesson! But my one little broccoli is thriving. I'm amazed it survived, so I'm obviously going to have to keep it and be nice to it.