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Tuesday, from my Blackberry

I'm writing from my BlackBerry today, not talking about yet another plant. (I'd plant a raspberry before I put a
Blackberry anyway).

Another nasturtium appeared. Time to thin these. I hate thinning : I get excited when new seedlings appear, then I go pull them out :-(

Some more dahlias appeared, I'm 8 for 10 on these so far.

Nothing else new, and everything else is doing well.


Lots of good progress.

6 out of the 10 dahlias have or are breaking ground.

A Sweet Pea has emerged. I'm surprised that such a thin stalk found its way to the surface through two inches (5 cm) of soil.

Another Nasturtium or two have sprung up. I'll have to thin them after all.

A sunflower inexplicably sent a root upward. I thought the leaves/cotyledons had broken off underground, but when I pulled it out, I saw what happened. I put it back in its hole right-side up, and maybe now it will grow properly. Or maybe I'll end up with a weird sunflower.

Saturday night was quiet, but Sunday is rocking

My plant lights spend a lot of time on at night. They go on at 2 AM and shut off at 2 PM, so a lot can potentially happen after I write a morning update.

I went downstairs this afternoon to see what's new. In fact, the first two dahlias broke ground, and two more nasturtium popped up. The portulaca are more visible now. I think I see a brand new lavender sprout or two. And I see the columbine seed hulls splitting, though I apparently have to wait another 10 days or so there.

Daily Update

It was a quiet Saturday night in my basement. A single marigold appeared.

The three cloves of garlic are each growing shoots.

The Lilac cutting's buds continue to open, each showing a couple of little leaves. I'm thinking I should plant a few more of these. I'm also wondering whether we can use any more of these in the yard; once the leaves open up, they make a nice screen between us and the neighbors. A single cutting will take years to get to that point, however.


I forgot to mention that portulaca in three other peat pots have sprouted overnight.

First Emergence, 3/21

The first of my Lupine is seeing light this morning. What's coming out of the ground is pretty large in comparison with the size of the seed. This is an interesting looking flower that will make a nice addition to my perennials.

Another day, another Hollyhock.

Friday 3/20 Update

A marigold has just broken ground. One of the other ones that had germinated was trying to take root on the surface and grow sideways, thanks to poor planting instructions. I made a hole and placed it in there, so it should be happy now.

Two more nasturtium have broken ground as well. I planted two seeds per peat pot, but only half of them seem to be coming up. Maybe I won't need to thin them.

Snapdragons continue to sprout, and I continue to remove them. I only want two seedlings per cell, and eventually I'll thin that down to one per cell.

Status, March 19, 2009

Lilac buds are growing leaves. This is exciting, it's the first time I've taken a cutting from something and tried to get it to grow. I dipped it in rooting hormone (Indole-3-butyric acid!!), and I'm hoping that the growing buds/leaves are signs that the cutting is thriving.

I saw a single portulaca sprout this morning. When I looked again this afternoon, there were four more. If you've never seen one of these, you'd better bring a microscope. The seeds are miniscule and take a while to turn into an actual plant. Only the one peat cup has sprouts, the others haven't.

What did Pat plant?

Here's the rundown on seeds I've planted in my basement nursery:

  • Tomato
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic (can you see where I'm going with this?)
  • Nasturtium (edible flowers)
  • Convolvulus (great name!)
  • Sunflower (seeds from 2007 garden)
  • Portulaca (seeds from 2008 garden)
  • Marigold
  • Cosmos
  • Viola
  • Dahlia
  • California Poppy
  • Lupine
  • Columbine
  • Forget-me-nots
  • Cleome
  • Snapdragon
  • Clematis (seeds from 2008 garden)

Seed Starting

I've planted quite a few seeds in starter sets, which are all living in my basement beneath 80 watts of plant lights. I don't want to bore my legions of blog readers with updates, but just the same I know there are people who like this stuff. It's like watching water boil.

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