Monday, April 29, 2013

Seedling Update

Every single Jerusalem artichoke and Russian Comfrey that I planted earlier this year has either come up, or is coming up now. 100% success rate, not bad. I hope there is an interest in useful perennial plants in my area. If not I will have a lot of planting to do. If anyone who reads this blog wants some, let me know. I will give you a reader discount. 

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The indoor plants are doing great. I picked up some clearance plants at the local box store for next to nothing. You should check the back of the outdoor plant section at your local box store. Everyday they put plants they want to get rid of on racks and deeply discount them. I paid a dollar for each of these flats of marigolds. 

With our busy schedules, it is hard to find time to harden off our plants. I wanted to have my brassicas in the ground by now. Depending on the extended forecast, we may try to get a headstart on the season by planting next weekend. Around here, Mother's day is the safe time to plant every year. I want to try to push it up a week. 


  1. My seed rack is sucking the big one. I hoped adding some heating pads a couple weeks ago would help the germination rate. Out of 48 seeds, I think I have 8 up (and a couple of those look pretty weak).

    I have the lights on about 16 hours a day. Granted only about 22 seed cubes are benefiting from the two pads I bought. Maybe I'm over or under watering?

    The experiments continue! Oh well, I'm so busy trying to get the clean slate garden area ready I'm fine with having to buy plants or just not have a huge harvest this year.

    Congrats on your success.

  2. That sucks. I think the most important thing is to keep the cubes moist in the first couple of weeks. If they dry out, even for half a day, the seeds that are trying to germinate can just die. I have had to buy plants in the past, happens to everyone. I bet you will do much better next year.