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Spring Sprouts

Merry meet all,

My project for herby sprouts is working!! I am amazed at how a whole huge plant can start from a tiny seed. I now have a garden on my windowsill. I’m growing snapdragons, lavender, thyme, basil, moonflower and morning glories, tomatoes, pumpkins, elecampagne from seed. My calendula overwintered and is now flowering! I also just bought black rose seeds.

I accidentally snipped a calendula flower and stem. I put the stem in a glass of water and waited and waited. Several weeks later the stem grew roots which I planted back into the same pot with the other calendula. I have three sprigs of rosemary in a glass of water to grow roots.

Patience is important when growing from seed. Try not to over water the plants. That killed my dill sprout. Just add a tiny drop of water every other day or if the seedling looks limp. Keep the starter pots by a sunny window. I have a plastic bag around the starter pots which helps to trap the water. Use good seedling potting soil. It is geared towards starting plants from seed. Let the seedlings grow on their own.

My moonflower just germinated!! It is weeks away till I can plant them but it is fun to watch them grow and help them along. I use a small clear plastic mister bottle which I have watered the seedlings with. You can also water from beneath. That prevents the seedling from root rot and dying. If you do water on the surface of the soil, add a tiny amount of water.

Small to tiny seeds lie on the surface of the soil. Water the soil prior to planting the seeds so they don’t drown. Bigger seeds are planted deeper in the soil. The sprouts still push through soil. So now we have sun, soil, water and time… what else? Love. Be gentle to your plants. Let them grow and just trust that they will grow. Before you know it, you will have a full fledged garden of seedlings waiting to bloom once the frost has passed.

Don’t disturb or transplant young seedlings. Let them grow where they are. You can if you want magically empower the seeds to fulfill your magical intention. The roots take time to be fully developed. Transplanting them too early can put the seedling in shock and damage it. They are content in the home that they germinated in. When it is time to harden the seedlings and plant them outside, then you can uproot them. Again, patience is key.

My morning glory seedlings )O(

Starting your plants from seed indoors has a few advantages. They are protected from the frost, can grace your window with their beauty and you can be sure that you will have a beautiful plant growing. If you start from seed, you control the growing conditions. You can grow several of the same plant without paying a fortune. Your plants will be ready to go once the frost has passed, saving you the effort of buying the same plants from the garden center.  

I’m starting the nasturtiums from seed outside. They are easy to grow and grow well there. Snapdragons seed heads look like skulls, which is one of the reasons why I bought the seeds. I also like the sound of the plant’s name. I’m running out of room for more seedlings. This has been a magical and fun project. 

My snowdrops have bloomed. My spring bulbs are growing slowly too. I can’t wait. 

Happy planting!

Blessings, Lady Spiderwitch )O(

 

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Seed to Plate- Tips on how to grow seeds and what they don’t tell you

Merry Meet All,

I have some tips for you eager gardeners out there. I care about you. I care about your seeds. I want you to have a bountiful harvest in the fall. So I am posting this to save you from grief and to lose sleep and money over your investment of seeds. Growing plants from seed IS expensive. So read on to learn some tips I have gleaned from my own experiences of growing seeds.

Choose a good potting soil. It may be worth spending the extra money because good quality potting soil means growing happy, healthy plants.

Sterilize all of your containers. This means the small starter pots, milk cartons, cloches, seed trays and other containers. You have to kill the potential parasites and insects that lurk in the containers. Let them soak in bleach and water then let them air dry. That way, you don’t have to buy more containers. Reuse the containers you have and keep them clean. Store them somewhere in your garden shed or closet so they are available for later use. That can save you a lot of money.

Buy good quality seeds. I have placed several organic mugwort seeds in wet Kleenex in a plastic bag and out of all the seeds, only two have sprouted. Be careful who you purchase seeds from. Buy seeds from a trustworthy company. You get a lot of seeds in one packet and it makes sense to invest in good seeds, which means healthier plants. Purchase seeds that still have vigour in them.

Use popsicle sticks to label all of your plants. I bought a package of kids’ popsicle sticks for two dollars. I owned a black permanent marker and neatly wrote the names of the plants on the popsicle sticks. This has saved me a huge headache because I now know what I am growing and where I planted it. They do not get lost in the garden or the seed tray and the ink does not run off in the rain. You can mark each stick with a pentacle, a triquetrs, or the triple moon if you wish.

Stock up on small plant pots- plastic or clay, and keep them handy and clean. Sometimes, a seedling grows so fast you have to put in a slightly larger plant pot to give the roots room. Make sure every plant pot has a drain hole.

When you put a tiny seedling in the small plant pot, do not drown the seedling in soil. Give it room to move and breathe. You should be able to see the seedling. I know plants can find their way to the surface but trust me, I like it when I can see it growing. I have killed seedlings by putting too much soil over their heads.

Put seedlings in soil that is meant for them. Match the needs of the plant to the soil. I ran out of organic potting mix and was forced to use cactus potting mix for my seedlings. I just bought yet another bag of potting mix and transplanted a few holy basil or tulsi seedlings into larger pots to allow the roots to breathe. I can now be sure they will grow stronger.

This one may be a surprise, but hesitate when giving good quality plant pots away. I wish I had reconsidered when I gave my good plant pots away. I am sure the receiver appreciated my kindness, but when I needed a good plant pot, I was mercifully given small plastic plant pots to use for my many seedlings this spring. So just make more room for them in your storage shed and leave them there.

We have had heavy rainfall here. My garden suffered the rain. The rain washes the soil away. I added a new bag yesterday before the rain got heavy. Also, my planter had no drainage hole. I had just gently transplanted the radishes from the soil into a planter with no drainage hole. As a result, the radishes almost drowned. I had had enough. I stabbed the bottom of the planter with a screwdriver. Immediately, the water drained from the planter and I was thus able to save my radishes. I felt much better, knowing I can now leave my planter and it can drain properly. So do not hesitate to help your plants grow in any way you can. It costs to buy the planter, soil, and seeds. But you do not have to let a rain flood ruin all your efforts.

To help some seeds grow, you can soak them in warm water overnight or for a few hours. This coaxes the seed into germination. I am soaking rhubarb seeds in warm water and one of them is already sprouting. I am glad because I am trying to cover the back corner and fill it up with plants. Rhubarb can grow in shade. I have a shade garden. I can also eat what I harvest next year. Rhubarb is slow to get going. I also soaked sweet pea seeds in warm water. This softened the hard brown shell. The sweet peas will have lovely violet flowers.

To give your seedlings an advantage over slugs and disease in the garden, place a cloche over them. You can make your own cloche from a plastic apple cider jug. Rinse out the empty plastic clear jug and cut out the top and bottom of it. You can also sterilize and reuse this cloche. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy glass cloches.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Good luck with growing your seeds.

May the Goddess and God bless you with a beautiful garden this year.

Blessed Be,
Lady Spiderwitch

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