Friday, March 31, 2017


My babies are doing good. As you can see I didn't throw away any seedlings not even the tiny ones. The begonias will be houseplants. It's taken months for them to get to this size and I keep them in their seed tray with the humidity dome still on.

Another type of hot peppers. This is the first year my peppers have done so well.

Only 2 dichondra silver falls seedlings survived so far. I hope they make it and I'll try again with them in the fall but order more than 10 seeds due to poor germination per Swallowtail. I planted 10 pelleted seed and 6 germinated. I think I over watered the others.

Sad case of dill. But, I'm thrilled it even germinated. Herbs have been a challenge for me, but I'll keep trying.

Patio tomato. They smell so tomatoey. Is that a word?

I'm proud of 2 yellow bell pepper seedlings because this was real old seed and I didn't think it would germinate.

Russian kale. Not pretty but I think it'll make it. This picture was taken last week but it's actually looking better today.

I'm tired of the vegetables taking up space. Russian kale, tiny Swiss chard, and the lettuce is going to be hardened off this week and go into containers in the yard to make room for perennials I want to start before fall.

Pelargoniums maybe should go in larger cups.

Bergenia is also a slow grower. Hopefully some will make it.

I have 8 black krim tomatoes but only 2 are now doing well. I only really need one seedling but if they survive till after frost I'll plant them all in containers.

Sadly only 2 thyme seedlings. What am I supposed to do with that, lol. My basil is near death but I'll sow more. The lovely parsley is no longer lovely and on the porch.

Hyacinth bean vines.  I have another type of vine that's taken 2 months to germinate. I'll show that if it survives.

The 2 best looking black krim tomatoes. 

I'm excited to have so many digitalis (foxglove) seedlings. They were so small and one day started to grown. I'm afraid to move them from tray but I have to. Hopefully they'll be beautiful and flower next spring.

The first few zinnias I sowed. 

Dusty miller is a slow grower. This is my first year growing it so it's a learning experience and if I start them again, they'll be started earlier.

I need to pick out the poor performing ones or just cut them off at the soil level.

I wasn't good to my echinacea  and let most of them die. One of my projects for the weekend is to start more trays and get them in the ground before fall so they develop a good root system and hopefully will be beautiful plants next spring.

Two pelargoniums I'll keep for indoors. Still growing slowly but alive.

Not the best selection for an orchid from the flower show. It's aromatic but it stinks. Not plesant smelling at  all!

Zinnias sown on last Sunday and did well germinating on the radiator.

I'm tired of this lettuce. Time to go outside and live or die.

For kitty. Too expensive to buy a pot when seeds are soo cheap. It was sown on Sunday but hasn't germinated as of Friday. My Callie will love it. She's  discovered the seed shelf and has been nibbling on the lettuce seedlings.

What have I learned this seed starting season? When seedlings are tiny, leave them alone in their trays and allow them to grow at their own speed until they're a manageable size. Don't sow too many seedlings, I get bored and start not to tend to them. Sow more perennials to build my garden. I've learned that many do very well and are easy to grow but cost so much at nurseries. Why buy a twenty dollar plant when you can grow it for cents. Hope your seedlings are doing well indoors or winter sown. It's going to be a beautiful season.

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