Spring Seedling Update

Seedlings in recycled newspaper pots

It’s been two months since I started my seeds, so I thought I’d update with a little progress report on how the little fellas are doing.

This season I decided to start most of my veggies indoors, since my winter garden was still going strong through spring, and our spring weather had unusual bouts of cold and rain this year.

A tiny seedling sprouting

The first seeds germinated in early March in my window. I had almost 100 percent germination, so it was a very good start to the season.

The overachieving tomatoes were the first to surface with their fuzzy little stems. The chile peppers were the slowest, twiddling their thumbs and sprouting almost three weeks later, but that was to be expected since I didn’t provide them much heat.

A seedling sprouting

Tomato seedlings looking good at 3 weeks old. They even smell good. At this point, I repotted them into 3-inch containers.

Tomato seedlings

And now, my tomato plants growing robustly at 8 weeks old and measuring 8 inches tall. They’re almost ready to be repotted again.

Tomato plants at 2 months old

At last count, I had around 115 pots stuffed with vegetable seedlings, some with multiple seedlings in them. I hardened off all of them at the same time, keeping them in a sunny spot in my yard in a temporary holding area. Friends who visit are impressed but think I’m nuts. I definitely have way more tomato plants than I have space for in the garden. Who knew that every single seed would come up and continue to grow like nobody’s business? And I’m too much of a softie to thin them out.

Can you guess what everyone’s Memorial Day gifts will be?

Seedlings hardening off outside

Despite the 115 pots, there are still more seeds that I’m direct-sowing into the ground in the next few weeks: cucumbers, beans, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, and radish, a few varieties of each. I hope my friends are hungry too.

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May 10 2011      5 comments     Linda Ly

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  • Jenny

    Wow, very cool! I was just curious about your hardening off process. For example, do you wait until every seedling has at least two sets of true leaves? Do you do any preparations indoors first? I’ve lost a lot of seedlings because I hardened off too early, or possibly gave them too much sun too fast, so I was just wondering about your routine since you’ve obviously got it figured out!

  • lifeonbonita.wordpress.com

    I love your blog. You are so fun and darling (and know a ton about gardening!) Keep it up girl!

    • http://www.gardenbetty.com/ Linda Ly

      Thanks!! :-)

  • Anonymous

    Wow Linda! I bet I know what you do in your spare time…make newspaper pots, haha! Aren’t they great. Also I nust say I love your patio and that rock wall is gorgeous!

    • http://www.gardenbetty.com Linda Ly

      LOL! Love those little paper pots… I knocked out a ton of them during a Netflix marathon!

      I’ve been told all those rocks came from the original excavation of the land when our house was built. Pretty neat, as the house is over 80 years old.