Sprouts!

April 5, 2009 at 7:03 pm 4 comments

Well not exactly sprouts but that’s what my Thinglets called them when they spotted our little lettuce seedlings.  The lettuce came up quickly (2-3days)  followed by the corn (which I still don’t think will transplant well but we will see) and then Marigolds, beans and some of the tomato’s.  sprouts

Now I don’t know if this is just my seeds or will prove to be true across the board but ALL the Marigolds came up, half the corn, about a fourth of the beans and tomatoes while the garden huckleberry and sweet peppers are yet to make an appearance.  Next time I’m planting seeds I will plant extra tomatoes, beans, and pepper seeds.

Since you asked:  My seedling method (certainly not the only way but sometimes it works).  Ha ha! Now you can put your full confidence in me since it’s wise to believe everything you read online right! 🙂  My climate is very dry and slightly cold so adjust as necessary.

  1. The egg cartons have been kept outof direct sun with syran “greenhouses” or clear lids and watered with a spray bottle daily.
  2. Once the majority of the seedling showed through the dirt I took the lids off (some of them even had a slight amount of mold and I was worried but it went away)
  3. After the lids are off I move them into the sun in a basement window sill (not too much sun- and if it is really cold at night move them back)!
  4. Water them once a day. I don’t use the spray bottle on the stronger “sprouts” after they are up.

There you have it, my tried and true  method that sometimes works!

Bubba just finished “digging” all the blush out of my compact with a Knex. Yes the box says not for children under three. 

“No Bubba, don’t dig up our plants!”

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  • 1. Gina  |  April 5, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for the tips on sprouting the seeds! Now I know what I’ve been doing wrong all these years: over-watering, then forgetting about them until they dried up! I also never covered them, and I put them in the sun. Why did I think that would work?

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    • 2. glutenfree4goofs  |  April 5, 2009 at 9:50 pm

      Because plants need sun water and dirt-right! Don’t worry I learned by burning up a few, drowning a few and forgetting tons of them! That’s why it works, only sometimes. You were just giving them what they need!

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  • 3. purplemoose  |  April 9, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Sorry about the blush!

    Hey, will you transplant the lettuce, or do you let it grow inside? (I’ve heard it is possible to grow lettuce inside, in a container. . . year round! The year I tried that we lived in a house with a mold problem and mold got in the dirt.)

    (So I’m also interested in what you said, the dirt in the seedlings showed some mold but it went away. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that happen for me. Why did yours go away, I wonder.)

    We haven’t started anything yet. My 6 year old’s sunday school class planted sunflower seeds a month ago. Now I have about a 2 foot sunflower plant in the kitchen window. And a foot of snow on the ground!! I think I’ll need to replant the sunflower into a bigger container to tide it over until it can be transplanted.

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    • 4. glutenfree4goofs  |  April 9, 2009 at 10:03 am

      You are right mold is usually doom for poor little seedlings but what seems to happen in my “hillbilly” greenhouses is the moisture creates a slight bit of surface mold just about the same time that the plants emerge, I immediately uncover them (at least during the day) and move them into a sunny (but not HOT) window. The mold cannot thrive in that environment and it stops growing then in a day or two I permanently uncover the plants and since mold was not growing on them but only on the surface of the dirt, they are just fine. 🙂 Hope that helps. I’m not recommending moldy plants just making the resources I have work even though not ideal I’m sure!

      The lettuce will grow indoors and when it’s time I will also plant some out of doors from seed, most likely under the protection of the bean plants.

      I’m thinking of starting a cucumber in a large planter inside. They don’t tend to transplant well either but if I plant in a big enough pot I can get a head start then put it out on the deck (morning sun side) for the summer. We can get really hot summers and it would not like the direct sun.

      p.s. Sunflowers are my favorite flower!

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