You win some, you lose some.

This mantra comes in useful when you like to explore “atypical” crops and production systems – some of them are bound to fail.

This season has already thrown us some curve balls – I won’t go into all of them. On the “losing” end, I lost half of my summer pepper experiment to ants. That’s right, ants. See if you can see them in the photo below. I found an entire seedling tray covered with tiny ants, and the ants were harvesting the newly germinated seeds, carting them away across the heat mat, down the legs of the greenhouse bench, under the weed fabric that covers the greenhouse floor. That was a new one for me. Alas, we’ve re-seeded and are hoping for the best.

Find the two newly-germinated pepper seeds, being carted off by teams of ants…

On the “winning” side, however, our little ginger seed pieces are just starting to sprout – a very encouraging sign of the growing season to come.

The very first sign of sprouted ginger.

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