I cheated. Due to the problems I had and still having, did not start any seeds indoor until this past weekend. Needed to see something growing so went to the nursery and bought 3 packs of seedlings. At $1.49/pack, check out (below) what I ended up with. Sure got my money’s worth.
Will need to cheat some more and purchase leeks and some other seedlings. One place I will be visiting is the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Master Gardeners plant sale, May 16 & 17. Click here for information and plant lists.
Seedlings from the nursery
Left to right: Red & Green Leaf Lettuce, Broccoli & Bright Light Swiss Chard
Transplanted the lettuces into window boxes
The seedlings in the cell pack were not thinned, and I was able to get a total of 16 seedlings (had to be very careful separating the seedlings as the roots were quite tangled). Not the varieties I grow, but that’s OK for now. All are doing well and I should be harvesting soon.
Transplanted the Swiss chard into window box and 3-inch pots
Again the seedlings in the cell pack were not thinned so I was able to get 12 plants. The ones in the window box will be pulled (whole plant) when they reach a good size or as needed. The ones in the 3-inch pot will be transplanted into the garden and (only) outer leaves harvested as needed so the plants will continue to produce throughout the growing season.
Transplanted the Broccoli into 3-inch pots
These will be transplanted into the garden when the beds are ready (hope I’m up to the task soon)
Two of the cells had one seedling each. Two of the cells had 2 seedlings each that I was able to separate and got a total of 6 plants.
These 6 plants will mature at different rate and this will work out perfect for me.
All the seedlings are enjoying the outdoor during the day but indoor (the garage) at night until the weather settles down (not trusting the weather this year).
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For the past few years, my spring pea planting had been problematic. The birds, slugs and other critters get to the seedlings as soon as they emerge. Last fall I experimented with starting in cell packs then transplanting the seedlings into the garden, it was a success.
Building on last fall success, decided over the weekend to start my peas in both 4-inch pots and cell packs to see which performs better and which I prefer.
Peas in 4-inch pots, 8 seeds to a pot (may be too many)
Peas in cell packs, 2 seeds to a cell
Experimenting with soaking seeds. The seeds in the cell packs were soaked for 12 hours while the ones in the 4-inch pots were not soaked. Should be interesting to see what the differences are in germination.
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Spring is here to stay! Finally! I hope!
Daffodils in Bloom
These are the daffodils showcased in last Monday’s post.
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