Thurs. March 31, 2022: More seedlings!

Pumpkin seedlings. Photo by Devon Ellington

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Fourth Quarter Dark Moon in Pisces

Celtic Tree Month of Alder

Lots of seed sprouting news in the past week! It’s all very exciting!

Whenever it’s sunny and the front porch warms up enough, we move all the seedlings out there. It’s a southern exposure, and good for them. Eventually, when it’s warm enough, some plants will go out on the back balcony, and others will stay on the front porch, but it’s still too cold.

The lemon balm still has that one, tiny shoot. The tomatoes are growing well, and I hope they remain sturdy.

Either Willa or Charlotte chomped on some of the cucumber seedlings. I’ve raised the pot where they can’t get at it when it’s inside. I’ve lost one of the seedlings, but the other nine seem to be fine.

The hollyhocks, morning glories, nasturtiums, sweet peas, tansy, moonflowers, four o’clocks and all three of the pumpkin seeds germinated.

We are only waiting for the mallow, pear, and clementine seeds to sprout.

The snapdragon and marigold seeds are on their way; I hope to plant them next week, once I’ve had the chance to buy more pots and soil. I still haven’t bought the tomato cages for the cucumbers and tomatoes. In the case of the cucumbers, I need to do that fast. I have a trellis in there, but it’s not enough.

As far as brands go, the Baker Creek Heirloom, Kitchen Garden, and Burpee seeds are doing the best, with the Botanical Interests seeds having a lower germination rate. Out of saved seeds, the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin bought at Whitney’s Farm have been the best. It makes me doubt that the pears and the clementines were actually organic.

Rose of Jericho closed. Photo by Devon Ellington

In this month’s Tamed Wild box, I received a Rose of Jericho. I’ve never worked with this herb, so it’s a learning curve for me.  The photo above is when I first put it in the water.

Rose of Jericho starting to open. Photo by Devon Ellignton

A few hours later, it had started to open.

Rose of Jericho photo 3. By Devon Ellington

A few hours more, and it opened even more.

Rose of Jericho Photo 4. by Devon ellingon

The final photo is how it looked after a couple of days in the water. I just learned this morning that I need to change the water every day, give it a rest one day a week from the water, and one week a month, so I have to be careful about that. I’m making a collage about the plant for my plant journal.

How are your plants doing?

5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Finding Grace
    Mar 31, 2022 @ 16:30:34

    My azaleas are blooming in abundance! I loved seeing these pictures. I’d never heard of rose of jericho…thank you for introducing me!❤️🌿

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  3. Pat Marinelli
    Mar 31, 2022 @ 18:49:53

    Planted some herbs seeds in my grow light, but nothing is showing as yet. I hope to have chervil, parsley, thyme, chives, and tarragon. As soon as they start to sprout, I will add the basil. After doing this twice, I realized that the basil grows quickly and overshadows everything else.

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  4. Pat Marinelli
    Mar 31, 2022 @ 18:52:08

    Can’t wait to see how you Rose of Jericho does. I have never heard of it before.

    Reply

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