Monday, March 27, 2017

Starting Veggie Seeds


I feel like a mad agronomist (as in mad scientist). Also, a mad farmer. This morning I started vegetable seeds indoors. If these seeds take, I guess we're having a vegetable garden.

This is the first time I'm trying this pre-spouting step. Usually, I throw the seeds in the ground. Comme ci, comme ça. (Showing off the little French I recall from one semester of Francais.)

I don't know what got into me this morning. Maybe it was wondering what to do with the several hundred tiny paper cups that are in the closet. You know how that is. You can't find the package of paper cups that you thought you bought so you figured you didn't buy them. So, you go buy a package and a few days later, voilå, there is that first package of paper cups.

What seeds did I plant?

Sitting in that orange container are 16 tiny cups of bean seeds. The seeds are from the Mama's last vegetable garden in 2015. They're quite tiny because of that year's drought. I'm guessing they're long beans, as I didn't bother to label the bag.

I also started 2 cups of sugar pea seeds and four cups of bittermelon seeds, all from the Mama's last garden.

Let me not forget the five cups each of tomato, pepper, and squash seeds from organic vegetables that we ate last year. Yup, whenever I liked how a fruit looked, I'd put a bunch of its seeds into one of three tiny paper cups on the kitchen counter. It'll be one grand surprise to see what kind of tomatoes, peppers, and squashes pop up. 

By the way, did you see Molly the Cat in the above photo? She decided that I needed a supervisor, because, after all, I was using her table. Molly, in fact, interrupted her morning nap to monitor my work. She even watched me clear the table when I was done with my planting. I'm glad she did. I found pepper seeds still stuck to their stem that I couldn't bring myself to throw away.

"What shall I do with these seeds?" I asked Molly the Cat.

She gave me her knowing look.

Of course! Stick them in the nearest pot. If they grow, they grow. If they don't, well nothing lost. The Mama taught me well.

Arrows point to the pepper stems.

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21 comments:

  1. Wow, your mama had a lot of seeds! I guess once you know how to grow them, you don't wanna go back to buying plants, which is much more expensive! As a city slicker have never started from seeds. But if it turns out you planted long beans, I like to know the specifics - I love them, but they are so expensive here!! ($5- per bushel enough for a meal for two!) Many thanks for sharing your knowledge with ALL SEASONS! Have a great growing week (not you- the seeds;)

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    1. A few of the bean seeds have sprouted. Hurrah! I put several in each cup so I hope the sprouts won't be too crowded. We have yet to prepare the ground. Hmmm, I guess I should put that on the list.

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  2. That is a lot of seeds! Good luck.

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  3. You must have that green thumb like your mom! My friend Linda in Kansas, lives on a farm, she pre plants everything she can. Sometimes she uses a heat lamp or an old heating pad to keep the indoor greenhouse green. Some flowers I planted from seeds still bloom so I love it. I need to get busy because I want tomatoes ans squash and zucchini too. Your kitty is quite the supervisor! Hee Hee Good luck planting!

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    1. Hi, Anne. I hope I have a green thumb like the Mama. We shall see. Cheers to your veggie garden to be!

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  4. Molly seems quite interested in all that dirt. :D

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    1. Notice the dried food in the blue bowl? It wasn't till after I posted that I saw it and wondered if Molly wanted to make sure I didn't plant her food. hahahaha

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  5. You are a brave girl ! I have no green thumb at all and hate everything what concerns a garden, only sitting in it and admiring the flowers that I like ! The expression on Molly's face says that she agrees with me, lol !

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    1. Better her than me, thinks Molly the Cat. lol

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    1. That's for sure! Yesterday, Molly snuggled underneath a rosemary bush in the front while supervising me pulling out weeds.

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  7. Now if I did that one of my cats would be watching too. As soon as they sprouted a cat would eat them! Almost guaranteed. Good luck!

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    1. Maybe if the sprouts tasted like cheese, Molly would be on them in a flash. :-)

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  8. Molly is such a Good Kitty Boss!

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  9. So typical puss behaviour particularly if you are near or on their territory.
    I remember it is The Dear Mama's anniversary, so I guess it's not only Molly the cat who's keeping a careful eye upon you, whilst you plant your seeds and I'm sure with careful eyes looking down upon you, you will have a prolific growth from all the seedlings.
    God bless and hugs to you and the Husband and Mollie the cat,
    from Di xx

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    1. Thank you, Di. It's a beautiful day to do what the Mama liked doing -- playing in the dirt or at least tootling around outdorrs. In celebration of the Mama, today the Husband and I will head down to the nursery and buy bags of potting soil and mulch, as well as see what plants may want to go into the front yard. I saw a photo of the backyard from last year. Boy, it's not as neat as it used to be. I don't think the Mama would be surprised. :-)

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)