Garden of Eatin' / Seeds & Seedlings

A Lot Can Happen in 10 Days

New seeds started by the bay window

Right before I took off on a 10-day road trip through the Eastern Sierra, I started a few seeds in my bay window. There were tomato seeds, eggplant seeds, pepper seeds, squash and cucumbers and beans and endless varieties of leafy greens.

I scored a great deal on peat pots from the dollar store, made a big batch of seed starting mix, popped in some seeds (some saved, some from Baker Creek), and left three trays in the care of our house-sitter.

One day before I left, the first seedlings were starting to emerge from their shells.

Seedlings starting to emerge

New seeds germinating

New seedlings sprouting

And then 10 days later… I came home to this.

Seedlings after 10 days

It’s beautiful and overwhelming at the same time. The beans are ready to be moved into the garden, and the tomatoes need a few more weeks of love before they’re separated into larger pots. I just transplanted the komatsuna to a raised bed yesterday, and am mapping out the rest of my garden to figure out where to put the corn this year.

Leafy green seedlings

Tomato seedlings

I can’t wait to see how everything will look in another 10 days!

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป


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    Sarah Raven
    April 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    The plants that I have been growing from seed definitely don’t grow as fast as yours! Your seedlings are very impressive.

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      April 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks! I find that keeping the seed trays warm, and then providing plenty of sunlight once they sprout, helps the seedlings grow faster.

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    Cary Bradley
    April 11, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Exciting time of year! Your seedlings are beautiful. My komatsuna seedlings may go outside today for hardening off start. Hooray!

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    Cheryl Nicholl
    April 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    A trip and then a surprise! You’re having a good week. Love your stuff Garden Betty.

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      April 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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