Posts tagged ‘seeds’
I made a big boo boo the other day. I spent a good part of my day in the garden and though I don’t usually let the Bubba in with me he was especially curious as to what I was up to. The boys all wanted a tour so I let them follow me around while I took a bunch of pictures of my new plants and since I can’t harvest yet it was a nice distraction. We have some new things in the garden this year that I’ve never grown. I had no idea what the red onions would look like…
Thing 1 took one of the “leaf thingies” chopped it up and harvested it away in a small bowl with tin foil. It is in the frig waiting to go into a stir fry or some soup. The tops are very strong and Thing 2 spit it out saying “SPICY!”
Of course, the Bubba couldn’t wait to get in to the action so he snagged a couple leaves, half chewed them up and then spat onto the ground saying “Ack, ick!” just like he had seen Thing 2 do.
I had no idea how quickly I would be adding on to my potato “cage”…
Ack, we can’t have flowers! I’ve actually got to re-build my frame because the original one is not working. Hurry hurry, I’ve got to get those buds burried! That’s a job the Thingles can do, they love to play in the dirt.
I am hopeful that the new varieties of corn that I purchased specifically for their short growing season will yield some sort of crop this year. I have a 4×6 area of three different varieties!
I’m a girl, I couldn’t make up my mind!!
I love the red stalks on this heirloom black mexican.
My cucumbers have a long way to climb up this repurposed crib rail and will hopefully provide shade so I can have a longer season of harvesting lettuce.
My peas also have a long long way to go. The boys can’t wait to play in their tepee fort!
The boo boo was when I came to the herbs and showed the boys how to chew on a sprig of mint. Now I’m having to follow the Bubba around everywhere, “NO not THAT leaf,” then in two seconds more when he has a handfull of weeds “NOT THAT EITHER!” What a dumb idea mom! I’ve now spent the better part of the last few days teaching him that not all plants are safe to eat!
“You have to ASK first!” I scold. Its scarry, I was dumb! I’ve put the big boys on “plant patrol” and poor Bubba can’t quite get it he leans down to every green thing napweed, sunflower or otherwise then obediently looks over at me and asks “Please!?” just like I told him to do.
I think the tomato buds are pretty in a strange sort of way. The big boys couldn’t resist touching the tiny green tomatoes on the sweet 100, they are now with the bowl of onion “leaf thingies”.
Despite the toddler sized setbacks I am quite please with our garden and Thing 1 claims to know all the plants by name! I couldn’t be prouder…
…well maybe just a little, I AM quite proud of this tiny plant since until this year I’ve never had luck growing cilantro!
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.
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.
- The egg cartons have been kept outof direct sun with syran “greenhouses” or clear lids and watered with a spray bottle daily.
- 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)
- 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)!
- 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!”