Happy Friday the 13th!! I know this usually a day that peaks superstitions of bad luck, but Friday the 13th has always been a pretty lucky day for me. Now, Saturday the 14th…that’s another story. However this day presents itself to you, I hope that it brings only the best of the best for you (and myself, of course).
My little seeds are starting to pop up!! I’m so excited. Almost every day over the past 3 or 4 days has presented me with new sprouts. Still no catnip (along with others) but I haven’t given up on them, yet. Patience is definitely something one must possess if there are gardening plans in the future, especially if you are starting things from seed. Anyway, I said I would be sharing pics of the progress as it happens, so here we go.
The tulips are past the noses stage and are looking pretty healthy. I wasn’t sure how they would do considering I planted them in what I am sure is fairly acidic soil. So far, so good.
The Roma tomatoes have began to sprout, too. I hadn’t expected them to come up so quickly but am pleasantly surprised. Out of 12 cells, there are 7 sprouts, so far. I absolutely love fresh tomatoes, straight off the plant and sun warmed. No need to cut or put in anything. Just eat like an apple…yummmm!
Almost all 18 Feverfew cells have sprouts in them. Since this is the first time trying to grow
Feverfew for me, it’s especially exciting to see them come
up and have there be so many of them!! Yay!
I was really surprised by the sunflower sprouts, as well. Its only been about a week or so since I planted them so I really wasn’t expecting them to sprout just yet. Out of the 12 cells, half have sprouts in them, so far. This variety of sunflower is call Vanilla Ice, and is described as being a white sunflower. It’s actually a very light yellow, but they look beautiful in the picture I saw of them fully grown. This variety grows to 4′-6′ tall, and I think they will fit nicely in between the 12′ tall ones I have planned. I really need to get the rest of my sunflower seeds planted soon.
So far, I only have one little Comfrey sprout, and I didn’t get a very good picture of it. If you look at the
side of the cell closest to you, you can see its little leaves. You probably need to click on the photo so its big enough. Sorry about that. I was having a hard time getting it to not completely disappear at different angles.
About half of the 18 cells of Lemon Balm have sprouted. I have had varied success growing this, as I’ve mentioned. I have high hopes for these this year. Since so many have sprouted, I am sure I will end up with more than just two of these plants in the garden. (Last time I tried Lemon Balm, I ended up with only two plants out of 10 seed cells)
I planted 18 cells with Wild Bergamot. I have read that Wild Bergamot will grow in just about any soil conditions. Yay! So far, there is only one little sprout. In the picture, it is the lighter green near the middle of the cell. I wish I could have gotten a better picture, but it is still so close to the soil, I really couldn’t find a different angle to better show it. Next time 😉
Almost every cell of the Munstead Lavender has sprouts in it, with the exception of 2 or 3 cells. Out of 18, that’s great, and there is still time for the last ones to do their thing. The Lady Lavender hasn’t even began to sprout at all, which I find odd since they are in the same growing environment. Perhaps they just need a little more time to wipe the sleep from their eyes.
So, the garden is coming along nicely, or at least the seeds of the garden are. I have a few days off coming up this week and have decided to go ahead and rent the rototiller from Home Depot and buy the organic garden fertilizer from Costco. Once I have it all turned up, cleared, and fertilized, I will re-cover the area for a bit longer so the weather can warm up more. I’m going to need to do some sort of fence to keep some of the neighborhood wandering dogs out of my garden. There is an old St. Bernard that lives across the street and loves to come over into my yard to poop in the middle of the night. How do I know it’s him? Well, by the size of the poop, its got to be him…or a yeti. 🙂
Oh! And by the way, Spring is only 35 more days away.