I’m finding that you can water your plants all you want, but there’s nothing like a good soaking via Mother Nature. Twenty four hours ago more than half of my types of vegetables hadn’t sprouted yet. Even since my visit this morning there is new growth!
These are the pumpkin sprouts, from the looks of it, I’ve got two that have surfaced. My sister and I definitely planted more than two pumpkin seeds, however, I planned from the start to thin the seedlings down to two at some point, so having just two right now works for me. I saw the first signs of these guys this morning. My goal is to guide them to the West once they start to vine so the pumpkins can grow into the yard instead of the rest of the garden. We’ll see how that goes.
Still no sign of the basil. Thankfully Helene gave me several basil plants last week, so one of my other gardens has a nice supply of basil at the ready.
Here are some of the several beet sprouts that have emerged. I know from experience that I’ll be able to get sufficient growth up top, so my goal for this year is to thin the beet seedlings enough to grow some sizable beets below the ground.
At first I thought the green onion sprouts were grass coming up from below and I was irritated. But since the wannabe-grass wasn’t showing up anywhere else I decided to do a quick Google image search, and ultimately concluded that these fellows are in fact green onion sprouts.
Ah my faithful friend arugula, as you may recall was the first to make an appearance above ground. Sprouts have now emerged on both the north and south sides of the raised bed (I have marigolds down the middle).
Arugula’s friend lettuce is notably absent. Perhaps I missed that season, I know lettuce prefers cooler temperatures. I’ll give it another week or so, and if I don’t see growth, I’ll plant another set of seeds in its place.
Talk about going from “Zero to Hero” overnight! Yesterday I saw a hint of a bean or two and today I had 6 sprouted bean stalks, each over an inch tall already. Since I had a bean-mix of seeds (some for green beans, some for yellow beans and some for purple beans) I’ll be curious if one grows better than the rest, or sprouts sooner than the rest. Obviously it’s too soon to tell who’s who right now. This is also my first time growing bean bushes so we’ll see how that works out.
Still no sign of the tangerine peppers. I was really looking forward to them as I’ve heard that they are both beautiful and tasty. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they’re just late sprouters!
My strawberry transplants are still doing well, I think I’ve got at least 6 currently growing (a few didn’t seem to take to their new home and one got decapitated).
And last but not least, I just got a UPS tracking email from Burpee, looks like I should have three bell pepper plants ready to transplant by Wednesday!
An observation if you will: my garden is 12 feet by 4 feet, the long sides go East-West and the short sides go North-South. I’ve got marigolds going down the center (East-West), dividing my garden into a North side and a South side. The North side is growing notably better with far more sprouted seeds. I’m wondering if this is a coincidence or there is some explanation behind it. Perhaps it’s simply that Tory may have put more seeds on the North side than I did on the South side.