OK, so I didn't pay close enough attention in Latin class back in High School...
Here is what the final product of almost an hour's worth of work with a tweezers ends up looking like. Aren't they cute? I know, we're the proud parents of......drum roll please.........three flats of dirt! :)
And so the waiting part begins, always the hardest. Here's what the rest of the seed flats look like, we started a lot of peppers this year, not so many tomatoes as there were so many volunteers last year, I had to weed them out! Now watch, not a single one will reappear, wouldn't that just fit?
Every day when one of us gets home, whomever is first gets to take a cautious peek under the domes for results. Don't know when the cactus will come up, their germination window is the size of Alaska, 7-57 days, for pete's sake...
As of tonight, the garlic seeds have won the race, there's a tiny sprout up in their section that looks to be true to garlic form...not sure if they're garlic seeds, or maybe just garlic chive seeds, as the person who gave them to me got them from her next door neighbor last fall. This spring, she's gone, moved away sometime over the winter...At least we got the seeds! :)
Biggest problem is the moisture in one of the larger flats, I've noticed there's the start of mold fuzz on the top of the soil, so I slid the cover off ever so slightly, hope that takes care of it. I also think the dryer being on all day Sunday was a bit too much of a good thing!
Christopher and I headed out to a couple of the local gardening supply stores to see what they had in the way of seeds. We found the usual suspects (beans, corn, peas, maters, peppers, melons, etc.) but we also found cactus seeds!
I have never even owned a cactus, much less tried growing one from from seed. The packet gave pretty basic planting instructions, and since there are supposed to be 10 kinds of cacti in the envelope, we shall see what sprouts forth. Listed varieties are: saguaro, hedgehog, fishook barrel, dollar prickly pear, desert prickly pear, Christmas cholla, cane cholla, Santa Rita prickly pear, and cardo'n. I'll have to look up pictures of most of those, as the saguaro and prickly pear are about the only ones I've even heard of.
I also started the usual, peppers (lots this year, Christopher's been eating them raw like candy) and tomatoes. Only planted one variety of maters, as we've had so many volunteers in years past I had to weed them out! They produced, as well, which I've heard isn't usual. I'm now debating whether or not to have an indoor herb garden, with basil, oregano, chives, mint, maybe cilantro. Have all the seeds, even started mint today, but I'm not sure I'd be able to keep up with both gardens come summertime.
Now all I need to do is figure out how to put pictures into my blogs, as one is worth a thousand words, eh? 'Til then, look at my Photos, there's an album named "New Beginnings."