Tag Archives: seedlings

Army-worms Devastated My Winter Garden

Army worms have been brutal this fall.  I never saw it coming.  The summer garden came and went and I then planted my fall garden.  The first planting grew nice and the seedlings grew to an inch or two, then overnight - yes, overnight, the seedlings were gone.  It took a few days of research and observation to realize it is army worms eating and destroying my garden. When I realized it was army worms, I knew to watch for them early in the morning and later in the evening because they usually Read more [...]

This Season’s Tomato & Pepper Seedlings

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 [...]

A Buckeye Update – They All Made It!

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 [...]

Buckeyes Have Sprouted

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 [...]

Brassica Seedlings

Time to get the broccoli and cabbages started and in the ground.  This is usually a difficult thing for me because it is usually so hot until about the end of September and then it can cool down quickly and I just have a hard time trying to get cole crops started when it is so hot.  This is just something that I have to work on, having the discipline to start seedlings when the charts say to. Today I started planting the largest of my cabbage seedlings.  A few days ago I started planting broccoli Read more [...]

2 Types of Pine Tree Seedlings

I dig up pine tree seedlings that sprout in unfortunate places where they won't survive long.  I have seen 2 basic types of seedlings.  I don't know how to tell what variety of pines these seedlings are.  I have a few of the type in the round pot.  It grows slower and has shorter needles.  The tree in the square pot is the predominant type of tree seedling that I find.  It has longer needles and grows much faster. They both seem happy once they adjusted to their new surroundings.  I may Read more [...]

Lavender Seedlings

I love to start plants from both seeds and cuttings.  While I have a large lavender plant to take cuttings from when I try to root them, I also have started many lavender seeds.  (Most of them died because at the time I couldn't keep the seedlings moist).  This nifty, roomy 6 place tray is from the recycle shelf at a big box store - I have gotten quite a few nice trays and pots from the recycle center - recycled them right into my green house!!.  Note that this potting container is sitting in Read more [...]

Cactus On The Porch – Waiting For The Greenhouse

My baby cactus patiently waiting on the porch for the arrival of the greenhouse. Many of the little cactus were started from seed.  It ain't easy, but some of the seeds do survive and grow.  Most of the tiny cactus are started from cuttings and pieces of larger cactus.  These guys can't take all day full sun.  Where they are now, they get late afternoon soon.  They seem to be OK with that. Read more [...]

Tomatoes in Pots

I am growing some tomatoes in pots - they look to be about 5 gallon pots.  I simply don't have enough raised bed space for all of the tomatoes that I start from seed.  These guys didn't make it into the garden proper.  We have a secondary raised bed where we are growing about 4 dozen tomatoes.  This is the main eating and canning bed - where we grow the crop to can. These are Twilley Seed Co seeds.  The large tomatoes (8 oz) are Grandoise.  I don't recall off the top of my head what the cherry Read more [...]

Cutworms? Something Is Loose In The Garden

These are new beds so for some reason I didn't expect to have a problem with cutworms.  Well, not so.  In at least 2 of my raised beds, I have numerous peppers that have been cut off at the ground.  I have also found a few cucumber seedlings and Chinese Long Red beans that have also been cut off. The picture shows the cinched stem there at the ground level.  That healthy green stem ends with a constriction and grayish tissue.  I have sprinkled diatomaceous earth around the pepper stems where Read more [...]