Sanna Heijnis wrote:
Are you starting asparagus and rhubarb from seed, Michelle?
Last year I got seeds from my own plants for the first time, so I don't know yet whether I'll have good success. Last year's plants that I tried to overwinter didn't make it, but I had one plant that had a good basal cluster of nice sized roots. Not huge, but usable. I started them for slips last week. They'll all be planted out in the main garden where I can keep an eye on them.
Gilligan Caisse wrote:Lauren, do you grow your sweet potatoes in the greenhouse or transplant them outside? Do you have good success with them?
Sweet potatoes love heat even more than they love water. You'll want to plant them in your sunniest spot, possibly against a wall that heats up during the day. Water them with hot water straight out of the hose (if it ever heats up in your area).
Gilligan Caisse wrote:Lauren, I would love to hear how that goes for you. Sweet potatoes are one of my very favorites, but I have never had luck growing them. The slips that I start every year end in disappointment. Even so, I started some again this year.
C Mouse wrote:And here I was thinking I was the only weirdo who pets their plants.
I've actually heard it can help them grow stronger, thicker stems that way. So I gently touch most of my seedlings when I water them.
I've been thinking of putting in a rotating desk fan as part of my seed starting setup and see if that makes a difference in how thick the stems develop.
C Mouse wrote:Starting seeds in a car is super clever. Our car gets used too much for that I think. I like the idea of it.
Sanna Heijnis wrote:Sowed my new tray today! Basil, endive, fennel, physalis and two varieties of 'pointy cabbage' (which I don't know the English word for, but is like white cabbage only, well yeah, pointy. We call it spitskool and for some reason it is the cabbage that does best in our garden).
Can't wait for my physalis, it's the first time I've sowed it myself. We got a plant 2 years ago but I think it was sown too late, it produced about one berry before the frost killed it off.
Anita Martin wrote:Got all my 40 tomato varieties for this year in the soil (of my seedtrays).
I got one new variety from a nice lady nearby who recommended to sow them according to the moon calendar (which I never do) so I just wrote the date down in the calendar as a reminder. And as I like to-do-lists, I used it as a task for today and sowed them all.
This time I used the hot water method for the seedlings. I brewed a tea from chamomille and garlic and watered the seedlings - in the soil - with the hot liquid. I have done so already and it is a bit frightening to do so but it worked fine last time I did (another tip from a Russian gardener).
I also started some flowers and one type of basil; the rest will follow in the next days.
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