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Friday, January 16, 2009

In Just Three Days!

Well I'll be dipped in peanut butter! In just three days I have, from my ecofriendly Burpee Greenhouse Kit, some Cosmos, Sweet Basil and Salvia. Pretty impressive huh? Some sprouts are tiny, instructions say to remove the plastic covering when the first sprout appears. I am glad I cut the cell packs so I have five cells in each row. Since all of the seeds will not sprout at once I can remove the rows that are sprouting from underneath the plastic and leave the slower sprouting ones under the plastic. Now with that done, I will continue to grow them under the light until the second set of leaves appear, at that time I will cut the individual cells and plant in a larger container. Keeping them by a sunny window until time to expose then gradually to the outside. My husband and I were discussing where all of these plants will live inside the house!! Oh yeah, I also have Foxglove, Lupine and Larkspur seeds up in the flower garden. They are thriving quite well under a light sheet right now due to the FREEZING temps we have had and will have for one more night.
Oh, Oh, I just checked on the cell packs and I also have a Cassia Alata up, a couple of Cinnamon Basil and a Four O'clock.............I am having WAY to much fun today!!

21 comments:

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I'm amazed at all of this Darla...you are truly on the ball here. I haven't done a thing to prepare for the spring garden. I have never done it before...but I'm learning new things here, for sure.
I honestly don't know where you (and others) get all your energy. Mine is just not there it seems (at 51 there are many days I just force myself to get moving. I need a jumpstart).
Anyway...it will be fun watching your garden grow and bloom!

Rosemarie said...

You are hysterical. I may be inspired to grow some basil myself! Glad it's all working out!

(I figured out why you couldn't see the slideshow - it's in a separate post. Click on the title of the blog (not the title of the post) and all should be well!) :)

bennie and patsy said...

It looks like spring has sprung at you house.
patsy

Leedra said...

Good thing you have flowers growing inside with the temps outside.

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Peggy said...

Oh, I am jealous at least 10 to 14 days (hopefully) before I see anything!

Glennis said...

Good luck with your seedlings, I decided to grow some herbs on my windowsill, but I chose to buy small plants rather than try with seeds. You have done well to get them to germinate, now you just have to nurture them. Nothing like basil leaves in a tomato sandwich or a salad.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

One of my favorite winter pastimes is nurturing seedlings! Hope yours continue to do well.

Susie said...

It is so much fun to watch things come up from seed. I planted some seeds last year in a peat tray and had a great time watching. I'm definitely giving this a try again.

Julie said...

WOW..Darla...you are a seed woman! Great job so far, girl!!! You will have amazing plants for spring...it will be so fun to see them all in great bloom and fullness later! Hope you will show us everything later!!!
Julie

Dorothy said...

Darla,
You really have a green thumb! I bet you could make a dead stick sprout!! Your yard will be a show place again.

beckie said...

It never ceases to amaze me when seeds sprout and start to grow. It is fun to wacth them when you can see the cahnge in them from day to day.

I was wondering too where you were going to keep all these plants while you are waiting for them to get big enough to plant outside. :}

Shellmo said...

Can't wait to see your seedlings grow up!

perennialgardener said...

Wow, 3 days is remarkable progress! Look forward to seeing where you put all these new additions come spring. :)

marmee said...

just wanted to say hi.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---I can't wait to see them grow... Keep us posted--all along the way!!!

AND---keep things safe from these cold temps.
Hugs,
Betsy

Valerie said...

You are so smart and yes you are having lots of fun. Good for you!

sweet bay said...

Your header photo is just lovely. Your kids are beautiful too!

Grace Peterson said...

I love seeds. They're tiny little hope miracles. And God knows we need a little hope right now when winter's end seems so far away. Good luck with your babies and keep us posted.

Frances said...

Hi Darla, what a thrill to see those seedlings emerge! You are wise to cut those pots too. Mine are in plastic cell packs and I have to oh so carefully dig them out with a skewer and transplant to the flat under the lights when they germinate. Fun but not the best way to do it, your way is much better! And I agree, where are all these growing babies going to live until they go outside! HA

Frances

Lindab said...

Wow - sowing already! How soon will you be able to put these outside safely without risk of frost?

Sue said...

What lovely little seedlings you have there, Darla! I am so excited we are on this side of winter, and spring will be here soon.