A couple of weeks ago, we shared how we planted 324 seedlings. Well, two weeks later, these little guys are now growing like weeds! We’ve had some that haven’t sprouted at all yet, but sometimes they take longer and sometimes they just never do. It goes along with that thing that I just don’t have a green thumb, but I am trying really hard as I want to grow my own food. This is my fourth year and I learn little tricks along the way. Each year, the results do get better, but I still also lose some during every step of the process. Who knows, we still have well over a month to wait for them to sprout before they go outside anyway! Part of me wonders if there were a couple of little pots that didn’t get any seeds. I was trying to manage a 6, 4, and 1.5 year old wanting to eagerly help by each placing seeds in each spot. It is very possible a few were missed 😉 But either way, I am thrilled with the results so far and hope these guys make it to the outdoors and then make it to harvest!
As a review, here’s what we planted:
- Organic non-hybrid yellow corn
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Lettuce Mixed greens and reds
- Green Peppers
- Yellow Squash
- Green Beans
- Spaghetti Squash
- Zucchini Squash
- Hot Pepper Mix
- Green Onions
Everything is looking good so far and most of the seeds have sprouted, except I haven’t seen the Green Bell Peppers yet. Last time I grew these, they were slower and by the end of the season, I had very small, but still edible peppers. So they probably still need more time to sprout (hopefully).
Also, I decided to plant an entire tray of carrots as they did well for us last time and we use so many of them from eating raw, cooking and even fermenting, so we actually ended up with an extra tray for 360 total seedlings instead of the original 324!! I would love to have tons of carrots this year. We have them all under our homemade seedling/greenhouse shelves (read the previous post HERE to find out more) with special greenhouse/aquarium lights.
I left our girls (9 and 8) in charge of all of the flowers. I had given them 3 trays with 36 slots each for starting seedlings. They had many different flower seeds and so I can’t even begin to tell you what they are growing, just mixtures! You can’t see them as well in the picture, but they are growing well too (the 3 flower trays are in the back and the carrot tray is in the front).
Now that many of them are starting to overtake their little cubby hole of soil, it is time to transfer them to these homemade newspaper biodegradable pots that will be planted right into the garden ground in May.
Homemade biodegradable newspaper pots from Organic Gardening
I hope to get these made and the bigger plants transferred in the next week or so! I will then keep you updated to the progress we are making!
Do you do plant a garden? What thrifty gardening tips might you have?
For the homemade newspaper pots, if you use paper towels, you could probably cut the (empty) tubes into 3 inch pieces and use those. Haven’t tried it, just a thought.
That is a good idea to try! Thanks!
Would like to know what o could use for insect on my plants.
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