Seedlings Experiment a Bust

Squash Before

Squash Before

So, the thing of it is, I’m not really a nurturer by nature. Let me just start there.

It started out so well. I watered, I babied, I fussed, I coddled. I tried sprouting leeks, but the tips all dried out and they toppled over. I tried cauliflower and lettuce, same thing. I tried a variety of beans, but most of the seeds rotted right in the peat pucks.

(On the beans front, I think that may be because I inoculated them. Maybe beans are supposed to go straight into the ground when you inoculate. Inoculant is a powder you toss on moistened bean seeds and is meant to help them draw nitrogen from the ground and grow better. We’ll never know if that works.)

In my defense I don’t have a greenhouse for these needy little sprouts, I just have a seed starter tray and a reasonably warm apartment where I regulate the heat by opening/closing the windows. It wasn’t enough.

Squash After

Squash After

Some of those little seedlings I sprouted actually made it from my care into the ground, I’m proud to say. I had lots of squash: zucchini, acorn and spaghetti. And there were a couple of each all long and green and happy when I planted them.

But sadly, it was too early to transplant. We had a few cold days. They died.

Lesson: Direct seed into the ground and the seeds will come up when they are darn good and ready. Works for me!

One thought on “Seedlings Experiment a Bust

  1. Candrina Bailey

    You could probably start again seeding right into the ground. The spring’s been delayed (I don’t know if you’ve noticed) and this may still work. I’ve been told that timing is important too but I clearly remember my grandmother and I basically throwing seeds into a little plot and getting “stuff” to grow (edible stuff too). Keep Bumbling…good job!

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