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Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:22 PM

 

Woo hoo, I actually have some seedlings sprouting

Forgive me for being excited about seeing actual green things poke through the soil, but I have been far from successful at growing plants. I wanted to do it, though, and now I have 28 out of 36 different plants (4 Cucumbers and 24, half beefsteak, half brandywine tomatoes) sprouting! My tabasco peppers haven't peeked through yet, but they take a bit longer.

Who would have thought a brown thumb like me could get something to actually sprout? I'll be ecstatic if I can set them out and get them to actually GROW and bear fruit!

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:26 PM

1. Sweet! This is my 2nd year at attempting plants, and I found some spouts this morning.

 

Mine is not nearly as extensive as yours: one rapini broccoli sprout, and one green bean sprout. I have one more of each that haven't sprouted yet, plus one lima bean and two mystery bean plants.

It's been fun! I first tried this last year, since I no longer had a cat and wanted something to care for without too much responsibility And it is SOOOOO rewarding to actually eat something you've grown!!

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:31 PM

2. I was thrilled to see the little green bits

 

surface from the little peat pods I put them in. It was about 7 or 8 bucks and it made it easy for a novice like me. It has a cover for the first couple of weeks so my cat can't get into them. We'll see if the plants last longer than my spice garden did once I set them outside, but I think she will leave them alone. She's a good cat.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:39 PM

4. I admit, I was a little scared of the green bean sprouts last year, when they first came out

 

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:32 PM

3. Congratulations!



Nothing is growing in New York yet.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:43 PM

5. I'm growing them indoors until they get big enough

 

These are like barely big enough to call sprouts, much less seedlings. It's just as well. Even here in the Deep South our weather is still too iffy. One day, it plummets to the mid 30's (on the Gulf coast in late March, what the heck!?) a day later there is a torrential downpour and you see animals lined up two by two next to a man building a boat.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:48 PM

6. Have fun. There is nothing more rewarding than something you planted grow.

I grew up in Georgia before Atlanta became Hotlanta. I remember loving every spring.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:51 PM

7. I'm a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, if that.

 

That should tell you how freaking ODD our weather has been this year. We had snow two or three times, and once, it stuck for a day and a half. Now it's weird fluctuations and then we had flash floods (in the area, but not where I am, though). I rained like the devil. You can't plant anything in weather that makes half the dirt float away because the yard is a swimming pool. I live on an elevated area, though, so it drained off without causing flooding. I feel so badly for the people that live in low lying areas .

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Response to Aerows (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 05:59 PM

8. I always wanted to move to the Gulf Coastal Region.

My first ex-husband was a yankee. We moved up here as newlyweds. A year later I was suddenly single in NYC.

As I moved around up here I always avoided living in the low lying areas. Never live at the bottom of the hill in the city.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 11:20 PM

11. I don't, even in the country

 

But that doesn't mean that if you live in Yankee territory you live at the top of the hill either

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Response to Aerows (Original post)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 08:52 PM

9. I haven't started my seeds yet. Next week for sure.

I live in the St. Louis area and we had a heckuva winter. Even tonight it is supposed to get down in the twenties. I didn't want to start them before I could leave them out. I've been nursing a parsley plant, sage and rosemary all thru the winter and that is the only window with a sun exposure.
You will love the Brandywines if you haven't had them before.. I grew some last year and they have a very good flavor. This year I am growing stuff only on the deck. My raised garden has done tomatoes for the last three years and I am going to let it rest for a year. I have had good luck with growing some tomatoes in 5 gallon containers and being single that is enough for me and a few for friends.
I am trying something new this year I found on you tube. It's called a pop bottle garden. I have it all ready to go and will try some herbs, a few kinds of lettuce and my beloved jalapenos. I will have to make a cage for it to keep out the squirrels and bluejays. They love to dig in the soil
Good luck to everybody with their gardens starting. Hopefully it will be a good year for all and lots of those good homegrown veggies.

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Response to justhanginon (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 29, 2014, 11:06 PM

10. Thanks for telling me about the pop bottle garden for lettuce

 

I have some black seed and some buttercrunch but it is probably too late to put it in actual soil! I'll try that, thanks for the idea!

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