Monday, February 28, 2011

Seed Starts

I planted chamomile, arugula, sorrel, cucumbers and sunflowers for transplanting this weekend. The chamomile, arugula and one sunflower have already sprouted.

I also started some succulent cuttings after planting some in my youngest son's preschool garden.


  1. Hi,

    New reader (came over from Root Simple). What do you start your seeds in? I started tomatoes and peppers recently (in screened compost from our yard)and haven't had as much success as I would like.

    And I had never thought of starting sunflowers indoors, but I think I will try that and get a jump on them.

  2. I planted French sorrel last year and am finding it to be quite the weed. It grows vigorous roots, from which it sprouts new plants. I thought I got them all last fall when I cleaned up that bed, but it's still sending out new leaves. It does make a really nice soup (I used Julia's recipe), but I think the next time I plant it, it's going in a pot. I hope you don't have the same issue!

  3. Gina, I usually start my seeds in whatever I have available, usually plastic vegetable six-packs that I've reused for years despite being dog-eared and on the brink of returning to dust. Due to a glut of sunflowers I've planted for two sunflower houses (for both my son's schools), I invested in a Planters Pride Greenhouse Dome and Tray. I picked it up on a lark at our local OSH. I must say I love it. You water the seeds once, put the tray lid on & the seeds germinate quickly. I usually don't buy something built with so much plastic, but it's planted one round of sunflower house & is starting the seeds pictured in this post with many more to come.

    Paula, I was inspired to plant sorrel after eating a potato sorrel soup from the Greens cookbook (actually Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison). Hunger inspired the planting. Watercress is next...inspired by hunger.

  4. I'm inspired by your succulents. I live in the valley and it gets sooooo hot. My desire is to root out a lot of the plants that need water and instead to river rock and succulents. I surf everyday, so I've been bringing home a pail of rocks with me after each session.

  5. Christian, as a native plant enthusiast, I highly recommend a visit to the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley for some drought tolerant Valley heat loving natives to go with your succulents.


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