I went to Ocean State & bought seeds today...cosmos, poppies, & zinnias...they are for my 'Sprinkle Seeds & Hope For the Best' garden! I do have seeds I need to start indoors, but I haven't gone there yet...maybe in another week...
Robin, I went a few weeks ago (Ocean J.L.) and they didn't have seeds out yet, but I bet they will soon.
Thanks Ronnie, I hate to say it but I have more. I don't know if i'll plant them all or not...it's all Allison's fault. ^_^
These are the seeds disc I purchased last year and sent some to Allison. She had great results with them, but have you ever seen her with a bad basket??? NO
Anyways, I went and searched out the man I bought from last year and asked if he had more. He did and of course I, now do. ^_^
Hmmm I like the seed discs...I have been trying to restrain myself from ordering...fingers are getting itchy though! I've been eying up yellow cactus zinnia seeds at summerhill, they seem to be the only source for the single color. I have a nice lilac one I got off eBay in the fall thought they would look pretty together.
I'm not positive Celeste but I think after two years they would still be OK. I know cleomes are ones you can keep in the fridge. They like the cold period. I'm hoping the ones I bought will be a deep purple.
Those Cherry Queen Cleome look GORGEOUS. Need to break my promise not to buy more seeds!
Just put out 2 jugs of DWARF Monarda 'petite wonder' and I'm hoping that they won't fall over like the Jacob Kline. I really need to get out there and organize the jugs (on paper too). This miserable sinus infection is really slowing me down...
Woot, woot! I have finally been able to overwinter dahlias! I checked on them today, & they look perfect...after following all kinds of professional advice & failing, I layered the tubers in damp newspaper, put them in a plastic bucket with another plastic bucket on top, & kept them in my unheated garage...voila...
They look great, Pfg. I notice that you don't have too many of each plant. Do you get your seeds from somewhere where the packets are smaller. I try to swap seeds just for the purpose of having variety without having so many wasted seeds or too many plants. I have found, however, that I can relax and winter sow the excess.
I got a lot of seeds from Deejay's round robin this winter. Others I collected or bought, and added the extras into the robin. I don't plant too many of most of the things I grow since my indoor space is limited and I want variety. I can always divide later on, or do more next year if I want masses of something. Actually this year I have 2nd batches already of Alchemilla Mollis and Dianthus Loveliness, because I know exactly where they're going. They will be smaller and take up less room on my shelves, but still help cover more area outside. I'm hoping that by the time I get in full swing with annuals after we open the house at the end of March, that many of these will be big enough to go outside in shelter. Maybe not right away, but hopefully by the middle of April. Every year is different...
I did stock a couple of years ago. As I remember, it needs dark to germinate so I clustered the seeds in a 4" pot in dampened seed starting mix, put it in a plastic bag, put it in a warm cupboard and checked it regularly until it sprouted. I went by the info on the label for timing. When the sprouts got a little bigger I separated them into cells and put them under lights.
I didn't keep a journal that year, so don't know the details of germination, etc, but I do remember that I had some plants that summer.
1) some of the baby coleus
2 & 3) cuttings from the mother plant I got last spring of coleus "KIWI FERN" I have 5 rooted and planted and a few more rooting now. I just love the variation of colors on it.
Looking good Celeste! Love the Kiwi, looks ruffly.
I have a lot of green showing too, makes it feel a bit warmer doesn't it! I'll have to get a few shots.
Did 28 containers so far for winter sowing, I have my friends and neighbors saving milk jugs for me. I'm sure they all think I'm a bit odd. Just like non dog owners, non gardeners just don't get it...
Robin I just put them in a vase of waters for a week or two and they root. KIWI FERN has been growing since last spring so I am able to get several cuttings from it. I almost lost one this winter called MARDI GRAS but i was able to take a few cuttings, it's one of my favorites, splashed with deep purple/maroon.
2nd picture is a Lavender Geranium the SEED QUEEN (Allison) grew last year and gave it to me. It was a tiny baby when she brought it to me in June. I planted it outside and let it grow. When my brother died I forgot about it and almost lost it as it was still outside in Oct.!! I dug it up, trimmed it and babied it all winter long...SO GLAD I DID!! Isn't it beautiful??!!
Pretty geranium Celeste, I used to save mine all the time, just ran out of room.
I'm up to about 60 containers now, lots of older seeds I wanted to try, and some odd ones I got in a trade I was in, if they don't work not much lost other than my time. I reuse all my dirt so that isn't even an expense.
Terri I'm just starting my tender annuals now, I'll do some in containers and some direct sowing.
I marked each container with a mini blind the wrote them down, all but one wasn't marked and of course that's the one that sprouted. At first I thought they were the poppies but now it looks like portulaca.
I'm going to W/S some tomatoes, never tried it before but the W/S forum says it works great. I sent for some heirlooms from Winter sow.org for 5 bucks, I'll see how it works.
Inside stuff is doing good so far. My snaps are leggy not liking the look of them but the coleus are doing better this year than last. The caladiums are all started but no growth yet on them.
Do you guys pot up or just keep them in the flats till it's time to go out?
I try to pot up some & keep some in flats...all my sprouts are looking good, but I think they'd look better if I could get them outside for awhile...I only planted 7 this year...can't imagine trying to keep track of 60!
Thanks, Ronnie. There's some cold weather coming, but I think I'll set out the tender Winter Sow now, anyway. I'll group them all together so that I can throw something over them at night.
I used lots of pots this year instead of all flats. This eliminates some of the potting up and looking for more space. I think I will have to pot up the 'Saliva Patens Blue Angel that are in flats because they are really out growing the flats. I've already potted up the Magic Fountain Delphiniums and the Calendula, Orange Geraniums, Lisianthus and Petunias.
I just finished the last tweak of my city set-up. All the lights are T-5's, but the ones over the middle shelf are only half as strong as the others. I got them from HD 2years ago, didn't realize there would be such a big difference. Even using foil as a reflector there is no comparison.
Pic 2: I have all shade lovers under them now, Alchemilla, Campanula, Digitalis and the like. This year all my plants seem much sturdier and more compact than in the past, even those. I think it must be the light.
Pic 3,4,5: Lots of Platycodons on the top shelf, several Dianthus and a smattering of other singles and doubles.
We're leaving on Thursday for a few days, most everything should be germinated by then, I hope, Nicotianas, and Snapdragons mostly, and a few Daturas. If not, I guess I'll move the dome onto the self-watering tray and leave a vent open for air circulation. .. And keep my fingers crossed!
I'm trying to resurrect a wooden growing table that works well enough as furniture with growing stuff underneath. Something my dad made years ago out of maple and a glass top and my SIL eventually relinquished to me. With any luck I get to play with it while I'm recuperating from a day surgery next week.
Just put out some Agastache Cana Heather Queen seeds. Have other Agastache under lights. No more room under lights. Everything else will go to Winter Sow except for the very few precious Vigna Caracalla Vine seeds that will go in cups on the window sill.
Have 30 gallons out and about the same amount to put out during the next week. Much easier than the ones under lights, although it's exciting to see the Magic Fountain Delphiniums, Pow Wow Berry Echinaceas, Salvia Patens Blue Angel, Agastache Apache Sunset, and the tiny Lisianthus already getting ready to go out as soon as the weather permits.
I don't start until April 1. That's our first weekend back at the house. I did most of the perennials this winter under lights, so it will be mostly annuals , herbs, lettuce, etc. Spring Sowing, not really winter sowing, but it still works for lots of stuff.
Yesterday I planted from seed...
30 Larkspur Giant Imperial Mix
30 snapdragons ~ Tetra Mix, Appleblossom, and Giant Scarlet Red
12 peachy-pink hollyhocks
12 maroon HH
6 Gailliarda Arizona Apricot
5 Agastache Purple Pygmy
A MESS of Alyssum in red, white & blue
Then the mail came and in it were 39 plugs of TORENIA that needed to be transplanted.
planted all the indoor start veggies in the past 2 weeks - t's, peppers, eggplant, basil, parsley, leeks. So far only the leeks and a couple basil have sprouted. Realized a couple heating pads where no kaput so these may take another week or so to start. I hate the wait.
received petunia seed yesterday and will hold off a couple weeks before starting those. need to free up some space.
rose i have extra room for after transplant. can hold a total of 12 flat's if needed. it is a triple decker set up and only one level has seeds.
Bill, this is the first year that I didn't fill EVERY shelf with flats!! It took me a while to give in to the fact that I would need some shelf space for the re potted plants. At first I looked at all the empty space as wasted, but now they are being filled with all the seedlings too big to remain in flats. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
This morning it was blue torenia, magenta and white. The white has a double wishbone inside...does this mean im doubly lucky today?
4) is Salvia Summer Jewel Red seedlings
5) Portulaca Cherry & Bi-tone
This year I split some seeds up to Winter Sow and put under lights. Anxious to see where they do better. The ones under lights get started more quickly, but sometimes damp off or just don't make it. I've been using Hydrogen Peroxide and Cinnamon on the little planters and it seems to be helping. I haven't lost anything yet, but there's a long way to go. The Calendula, Delphiniums, and Thumbergia African Sunset Vine are going to be way too big to stay on the shelves!! They're 3 times the size of all the other seedlings already.
It's a Queen Anne's Lace type of flower. Last year I had Ammi majus, which is similar and very easy to get going, but the flowers go by very quickly. I believe Orlaya lasts the season, so I'd like to try it.
Jen I would think you could cut back your peas some.
Pam I did Orlaya a few years ago...I bought them as started plants. They are a great re seeder, had them for a few seasons. Mine didn't last the whole season, a good while but by mid summer they kind of petered out. Very pretty, I was thinking of W/S some this year.
Assuming you've had them growing inside, If you can, stick them in a cold garage or somewhere for the next couple days--anywhere that'll get at least down into the 40's--to start hardening them off---or, alternately, stick them outside for several hours when the temp's above freezing and keep them in a cool to cold place when they're inside. Then plant them in your pot and cover them up with an old sheet or lightweight blanket (NOT plastic) for the first few nites. After that they should be ok unless it's getting into the mid/low 20's---and you can still cover them if/when that happens. Once they're hardened off, peas can take cold weather just fine.
I planted sweet peas one year and after they sprouted we had snow and they were fine.
My peas didn't make it :( don't know what I did wrong other than I think I didn't get them in the ground in time ????
I didn't have the garden ready, guess now I can put them right in the ground, Yes????
I am such a newbie when it comes to veggie gardening
You could try it, but peas like cooler weather so if it gets hot soon they probably won't do real well. My dad always said to plant peas on St. Patrick's Day. Hey, that's what gardening is all about. A live and learn experience. I didn't plant any peas this year either, cuz in order to get any appreciable amount for us I would need to plant lots of rows. Usually I get enough to have a few dinners worth. Or just eat them right in the garden. YUM!! I do soooo wish I had paid more attention to what my dad did in the garden.
I know! The thing that kills me is it was a new camera hubby got me for Christmas. It wasn't an awesome one or anything but still :( However I have managed to keep my first Digital Camera around since 2004! Go figure.. I just got the batteries charged and the memory stick in it. To be honest I actually like my old camera better, it takes the picture much faster... except I think the lense is dirty. Not sure if I can fix that.
I have a ton of seedlings to plant out, and the weather has not been helpful. We've been here since Friday so I could catch up, and so far there's been 1 1/2 days of good gardening weather.
Yesterday we replaced the dead PG Hydrangea standard that broke in Sandy, so of course I spent the rest of the day weeding, planting and mulching the whole bed it was in. I had a bunch of Alchemilla, Digitalis Pam's Split and Digitalis Grandiflora seedlings, I'm curious to see how they do with the new tree. The old one was a dwarf, and it created a haven for volunteer Cranesbills and Lobelia Siphilitica, which are still there, at least so far. They got full morning sun, but some relief from the south and west. I hope that still works.
This afternoon it rained again. That didn't keep me from finishing re-arranging the section I was working on, but it did send me in early. I really hope it clears tomorrow afternoon and stays nice for a couple of days, as promised. All those months of nurturing babies, and now I can't get them into the ground- yikes!
At least the Azaleas are blooming, and the peonies are in bud...
Same here, none planted. I have been trying to get them used to the sun. They are getting the dark green vein with yellowish green between look. I have 14 flats of various seedlings. I still am moving Daylilies out of my vegetable garden. Between yesterday and today I moved a dozen. The weather ruined my plans for planting all weekend!
I know that yellow-green look only too well :-(. Today I carried two flats down to where I want to plant them, and ended up digging up several plants and bringing them down to another bed instead. So tomorrow I WILL plant those flats and maybe add more if there's room, and finish off that section. I promise!