Finally getting around to posting iPhone shots of my seedlings. Started most last month, some this month. Not showing you all of them because frankly, onion seedlings are boring and slow. Ditto with thyme and oregano. Must be the SLOWEST damn growers ever!
In any event, I’ve got 15 varieties of tomatoes so far, planted 3 seeds each to ensure I have at least 1 plant each. Most have sprouted. The San Marzanos seem to be having issues as only one is up. So I’ve also started some experiments with seeds folded neatly in wet paper towels in zip locks on top of the lights for warmth. We’ll see if they do anything. Still trying to get those Ripley’s Believe it or Not seeds to get a move on.
Surprisingly, a Stupice from 1994 has sprouted. I threw some of the seeds I had from way back in some coir just to see what happened. That’s the only one responding.
I’m also planting some unusual things I’ve never grown before. The squirrels will probably fight me for them but I really wanted to grow some berries. I’ve already got strawberry plants in the garden and am adding huckleberry and ground cherries this year. The ground cherries are VERY slow growing seedlings but the hucks are taking right off.
Also found out that Chicago’s ganster bunnies like to eat blueberry bushes in the winter. So mine are doen to nubs from 18″ tall when I planted them in the Fall. I’m so bummed that I didn’t notice they were doing this. I caught the St. John’s Word in time to save about half of it by wrapping in burlap and they were not eating the blueberries then. So my guess is that they prefer St. John’s Wort but will move onto blueberry bushes if need be. Buggers.
I’m also using brightly colored veggies as ornamentals in the front flower beds. It’s part to full shade so I’ll be pretty limited on what I can incorporate there. Am thinking greens only since fruiting takes so much sun energy.
Would love to have some of those amazingly huge dark cabbages at the #CFGS in my front flower beds but I don’t think there’d be enough sun for heads to develop.
I also have sunflower seedlings that I started a month too soon and they are embarrassingly large. If I posted shots of those, y’all’d chastise me for starting them too soon. I know, I’ve learned my lesson and won’t start the rest until end of March.
March 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm
Oh, lovely. I have yet to see seedlings so this gives me hope. Thanks for sharing.
March 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Oh, all your seedlings look great! Good for you.
Y’know, St. John’s Wort is an herbal remedy for depression, so at least your gangsta bunnies is happy. When I had SJW, I told people to come by and chew on the leaves any time they felt blue.
March 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm
Tom! You won’t believe this but the Stupice are looking stupendous this year. Remember last year they never got past the first set of true leaves? I’m very surprised. It’s the same batch of seeds from 2009.
I was so hoping to have a 4 foot St. John’s Wort shrub this year, covered in yellow flowers but since it’s now down to about 18″, I guess it will be a while. The seed pods are awesome winter interest too.
March 12, 2010 at 6:04 am
How good is it to be able to sow seeds! I sowed a load last week and the radishes are sprouting already. Radish = fastest growing edible I know.
Can’t wait for Spring to reach our cold wet shores – this has been the looooongest, not to mention the coldest and wettest winter I’ve ever known.
March 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm
holy craaaaap your seedlings look SO GOOD!