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I started my large gourd seeds since they needed a long growing season 1 week ago and they are up!! Here are the ones I got started..
Will start my small to medium size gourds in few weeks...
Today I will be planting my watermelons,melons,squash that takes few months to grow..in paper pots.
It's always nice to see new growth, Moodene! Do you have them growing in the ground, or in little pots?
I tried to dig a few more holes where I want some of my gourd seedlings to go, but it just hasn't rained enough yet. We're supposed to have storms today . . . but nothing yet. Hopefully we'll get a good soaking.
They truly took care of our neck of the woods! Missed the total lunar eclipse because of it. I've direct sown some gourd seeds, but not seeing anything yet. If you wait too late down here, the borers will get them for sure.
Yeah, we missed it too . . . I went out about an hour before, and there was nothing but clouds!
I just got done planting the bushels and apples. Tomorrow I will plant the swans, and Saturday I will finish up with the spinners.
The egg and short handle dippers l've planted the last few days look good so far . . . I even saw one of the curly-string things coming out of a shd, so it won't be long before they can attach themselves to the fence!
Maybe 4-5 days..I presoaked my gourd seeds the nite before I plant them in my papercups. Put glass jars on a towel that is over a heating pad -set on low already. The jars will feel warm from the heat but that is okay. I pour warm water in the jars with labels on them to tell me what seeds goes in that jar. In my gallon water jug-I have added few drops of superthrive in it and add warm water. So I have warm jars and warm water to jump start my seeds. Put warm water in jars then add your seeds next. Then I leave them alone until the next day. I have all my papercups ready with soil, watered, and put inside my hothouse to stay warm while the seeds are soaking. You see, everything is warm from start to end which I think helps jump start the seeds..
*** Just to add that while I am doing seeds to Gourds,watermelons,squashes,cantalopes,tomatoes,beans whatever etc.
I do papercups of Nasturtiums, Marigolds,and Borage flower seeds as well.
Nasturtiums suppose to deter bugs,marigolds take care of nematodes and borage-herb brings me bees to pollinate my flowers. I plant 1 of each of the Nasturtium and marigolds flowers in the mound along with whatever I mentioned above to help me out. The Borage herb is set in and about around the mounds since they get big..All these flowers help me grow better fruits and help me out since I do not use any kind of chemicals to kill bugs and stuff..to me that is all handle by nature..lol..
Dang it! Here I am , hospital sitting, and I cant get back home for at least another 2 weeks! Reading this forum has me chomping at the bit , Just "needing" to get my seeds started.
Just as soon as My Dad gets home , I am heading back to my house and straight to the potting shed! Since easter is in March this year, that will hopefully mean an Early Spring and my new seedlings will be just right for planting by then.
I just love to keep up with all of your gourd news. Moodene all of your Gourdy babies are so healthy looking. I hope mine will do as well.
Of all those gourd seeds I had started, when the temp dipped down into the mid-low 30's, I lost all 18 of the short handle dipper, and 9 of the egg gourds. Oh, I cried. It was rough. So, I turned around and started those seeds again, and they're popping up! The low's are going to be freezing for the next 2 nights, so when I got home from work, I took all my portable seedlings (except the wintersown ones) into the garage, and covered up my swan, apple, and bushel plants that were already in the ground with all the empty 5 gallon black pots I could find - even though they made it thru the last freeze just fine . . . better safe than sorry!
AAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH! It was summer here, and now they're talking SNOW! Y'all please send good warm thoughts to my seedlings, which will be under nice blankies tonight. If they survive tonight, all will be well.
I KNEW I should have waited. I couldn't stand it.
Ah, well. I suspect I have a couple more seeds somewhere... (like 10 pounds of them!)
Well, my babies were just "started" three days ago, and are basking on a temporary shelf set right in my best, southern-facing window (my bedroom, of all places). In a few weeks I'll move them onto the east-facing sun porch (it's not heated, so will have to hope things warm up a little more before relocating them there)...
Man, to be in Texas or SC and have such an early Spring/planting season: and you're all planting them into the GROUND already, some of you with beautiful leafy tops! ;-( I'm so green with envy...
I have another group I'll be starting Monday (March 10), of smaller gourds (this one was of Bushels, African Kettles, a few Martin and speckled Swan/Goosenecks)...
Moodene, did you plant YOUR gourd seedlings (in paper cups) the SAME TIME you planted "someone else"'s in milk carton bottoms?!? Because if you did, I'm going to try that! Spectacular growth, hope mine do half as well...
Well, I THINK we made it through the cold front! The teeny little plants don't show any sign of frost damage, but of course it could still show up in the next day or so. But I covered them Friday night, and Saturday morning when I went out to take the sheets off them, the sheets were stiff with frost. That should be the last of it down here, though. Should. Hmmm...
Moodene, your place must look likfe a GREENHOUSE right now: your starts are so healthy looking!
Last night my babies JUST BROKE THE SURFACE! In the pic below, the top ones were taken last week right after planting (bushels, africans, swans and martins). The bottom pics were taken this morning... woohoo! They're a good healthy color and size and I'm so pumped!
Coooome on SPRING!
This morning I put together my other tray of smaller gourds (cannonballs, spinners, mini's and eggs)...
Just LOVING the smell of good peaty DIRT today!
Hey, we're catching that "gourdance" chant thing you're doing way up here and it's working!
My starts are strong and happy, getting their permanent leaves (5th and 6th on most)...
There's always a few that don't come up, though, so I'll pull those pots, separate & reseed them, hope the 2nd try's a charm in this case...
I've seen smaller ones (more like a closet in size) that are about half in price, but I suppose if I was going to spend this kind of money on something for my garden, I'd justify the $250 one over the cheaper (call it "garden greed", LOL)...
jipsi, I invested about $250 in a plastic greenhouse from a website a couple of years ago, and it's nice. I'll try to find it again and post the site. HOWEVER... being outside in the sun and wind and all (and I would think the Texas sun is more brutal than the Illinois sun -- not to go braggin' or anythang) the plastic has gotten quite brittle. I GUESS I've gotten my money's worth, especially as I was not ready to build a greenhouse/shed at the time. But I don't think I'd buy one again, at least not to leave up. Now if you're putting it up in the spring and taking it down when the "greenhousing" is done, that would be a different matter. This one folds up pretty small. I'm going to try and find it now so I can post it for you.
I think I did that right. I actually do like the little greenhouse. But I accidentally popped the roof with the mean end of a tomato cage and the plastic splintered. Now it's officially Southern, since it's been patched with duct tape.
Thanks for the link, Brigidlily. I actually like the one you use, than the one I posted, because it's CLEAR!
Would like to be able to SEE INSIDE the "greenhouse" from the outside, too!
And, yep, I would only be having it up the first few months of Spring. Later it would get too hot, and I'd worry it'd start attracting wasps and hornets and the like...