The Tomato and Pepper seedlings are coming along very well.
I started the tomatoes and peppers in small seed starting plug trays - with between 72 and 128 cells in each flat. This works very well.
I put at least 2 seeds in each hole, sometimes more if I think the pepper seeds won't germinate well. I had almost full pepper germination! I have a hard time just pinching off the extra seedling, so I end up pulling the plug out, separating the roots and replanting them in recycled plastic plant holders. Read more [...]
I have several trays of cabbage and broccoli seedlings on a porch table. We have a red wasp nest in the soffit above the table. A red wasp dive-bombed me so I sprayed toward it, not thinking about my seedlings. A breeze blew some of the insecticide onto the nearest seedlings. Within a few minutes the seedlings shriveled and the nearest were dead.
Note: don't spray chemicals ANYWHERE around seedlings. Read more [...]
It must be the crazy winters down south. The temperature variations must throw the cabbage plants off. This past winter started out with an early frozen blast, then was mild for most of the winter and then ended in another frozen blast.
I get my thrills starting my cabbages and broccoli from seed. Due to lack of garden space, I planted these in the tomato bed after the toms died out for the summer. Both of these are early cabbages. I would like to grow late cabbage, but it takes an additional Read more [...]
Upon closer examination of the 4 pots with buckeyes planted in them, I realized that they all did infact sprout. The other 4 just hadn't surfaced yet, but their roots were growing out of the pots. I'm very pleased. The buckeye/firecracker plant is a real gem.
Circled in red are the 2 buckeyes that sprouted first. (Notice a sprouting pine in the pot on the right)
I had gathered 6 buckeyes, all from the same 3' plant down the driveway. It is said that the germination rate of these plants Read more [...]
Last fall I collected several dozen Bluebonnet seeds from 2 Bluebonnets that popped up in the yard last summer. I watched the flowers and kept them out of danger until the seed pods turned brown and were safe to pick. I planted half of the seeds around the giant Turkey oak that they sprouted by. The other day I found 2 of the dozen and half or so seeds had sprouted!
They're tough little sprouts. They survived the freeze, rain and whatever else. Now I need to protect them until they grow Read more [...]
This past fall was the year most of the giant white oaks around here dropped their acorns. Since they only do this every 2 or 3 years, I gathered a few hundred of the acorns - at least half of them after they started to sprout all over the ground. For many of those acorns sprouting all over the place, I walked thru the woods and planted them here and there, giving them a chance to grow - they won't be able to grow up under the big trees in the yard where they sprouted.. For the chosen few Read more [...]
Two of the six buckeye seeds that I planted last fall have sprouted. This is the nicest one, the other one has small red leaves still twisted and compacted, not yet opened. I hope I didn't damage the other buckeye when I had to cut it out of it's plastic seedling pot when the root grew thru a hole.
These buckeyes have enormous roots - many times thicker than the plant stem. That is probably to be expected as the buckeye seed is so large. Note to self: next year when I look for more buckeyes Read more [...]
As stated in a prior post, I was surprised to find a half dozen buckeyes sitting under what I thought was a 'Fire-cracker Plant', only to find out that a Buckeye and Fire-cracker plant are one and the same.
Buckeyes have a 50-50 germination rate and the un-planted seed deteriorates quickly, so I planted them the next day or so. Well, that was the end of October. Now, almost 2 months later, at least 2 of the buckeyes have sprouted. Oh the joy!
Since I now know what to look for and what to Read more [...]
Today, when walking to the mail box, I saw them - six of them - clustered together under what I thought was a Firecracker plant next to the driveway.
Doing a bit of research I found that the Firecracker plant and the buckeye are the SAME plant.
These are large seeds - a bit larger than a whole walnut. The buckeye at the top looks like it has already started t germinate. In the top right is a part of the outer shell that holds 2 or 3 of these buckeyes together in their pod. They reportedly Read more [...]