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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Make It From Scratch Gardening: Seedling Check-In

Hi all,

Now that it's officially spring, we're getting closer to planting outside. I've planted some more seeds inside: more Rosemary, Cauliflower, Red Cabbage, Cumin, Sage, Greek Oregano, Thyme, English Lavender, Pansies, Hidcote Blue Lavender, and Calendula.


I'm starting to think about how to lay out my garden, so we'll talk about that soon.

How are your seedlings coming along? Here's a quick look at what's growing at my house:


Sprouts to eat: Alfalfa and French Garden Mix (Clover, Arugula, Cress, Radish, Fenugreek and Dill).


Basil


Calendula, Cumin, and Sage


Cauliflower and Red Cabbage


Rosemary, Thyme, and Greek Oregano


Spinach and Madder


Dyer's Chamomile


German Chamomile and Lemon Mint



Indigo and Artichokes (there are some empty pots that had been planted with spearmint that didn't germinate).


Pansies and Johnny Jump-Ups 


Lavender and Pansies. They are tiny shoots right now, and hard to see in this photo, but they are growing.


Sunflower Sprouts. For eating - once there are two leaves on each plant, I'll snip them off and add them to salads and sandwiches. They are delicious!


Baby Leeks, Rosemary, and Celery. I'm not having a good germination rate with my Rosemary, but a tiny bit of investigation told me why. The seeds like to be pretty warm (70 degrees) and my loft/makeshift greenhouse probably isn't consistently that warm. If I don't have enough seedlings in a week or two, I will try again. The temperature should be warmer then, and I can water with warm water, make sure they are well covered to insulate them, and place them in the warmest spot in front of the window.  

If any of your seeds haven't come up, go ahead and try again now! I'll often try to use leftover seeds from the year before, but they don't always have a high rate of germination. If they come up, that's great; I saved some money by not buying new seeds. If they don't come up, I just plant some more. 

When I replant, I make sure to read the packet instructions carefully, in case I missed something important the first time. Some seeds need to be soaked before being planted. Some need very warm temperatures to wake them up. I might also do a Google search to see if there's a tip online that isn't on the packet. Feel free to ask if you're having any trouble and I'll do my best to help out!

Hope your seedlings are growing well!  

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