14 Days In

Some of the seedlings started hitting the top of the plastic container, so I decided it was best to get them out of the covered container, and in to something with a bit more room. So I placed most of the jiffy pots in styrofoam cups, with more potting soil and seed starter/root development mix. I hope these type of cups are ok for this purpose. I’m assuming since most of the seeds have sprouted, our indoor temp of 18C ish, will be high enough for this phase.

The snow peas are definitely getting to big, and their little tentacles are shooting out. I’ll need to be careful or they might hook on to some other plant. The squash are getting pretty big too. Next year these two will be started in April rather than March.

For the most part, there are two plants per cup. As I understand it, I need to make a choice as to which one continues one. I think I’ll wait on that, or maybe try my luck at separating them.

I did not move the spices in to the cups, as we are planning to keep these indoors. So were going to pick up some suitable pots for these, ones with proper a drainage tray. We have a great glass shelving unit for these, and are hoping to have fresh spiced all year long. Or maybe it’s herbs.




More Surprises

When I planted the old squash seeds I found in the basement, I did not expect them to grow. I’m still not sure if they are squash or melons. To me the seeds look about the same. But it seems more likely that I would have kept squash seeds from a plant we grew, rather than a store bought melon.

In any event, I planted eight seeds, and just like the old snow pack of snow peas, all of them have sprouted.



(I think I am going to need some practice using pictures in posts. I was trying to put these side by side.)

Also, I got rid of the popsicle sticks, as the was some sort of fungus or mildew going on them. I have the a listing of the tray contents, so as long as I don’t move them, I am good. As an added bonus, they will no longer be in the way of any future pictures.







Week One : Things are sprouting

Last week I planted seeds in two trays. After six days, seeds are sprouting in both trays..

All three of the Tomato types have sprouted. 

As well as the Arugula and Snow peas.

I’m wondering about the white on the popsicle sticks. Maybe that was not the best chice for markers. 

None of the peppers have sprouted, but I have understand they need warm temperatures. We’ll see.

Next Up, Snow Peas

I know, I know, this picture is horrible. I’m going to break out the Nikon for the rest of this project, rather than use the iphone camera. SnowPeas

I was somewhat surprised to see these snow peas sprout. This is an old (opened) store bought pack, from several years back. Maybe as much as 5 years old.

Since I did not expect them to make it, I’m wondering what I’m going to do with them. I’ve have a designated indoor spice area set up, but these are going to require more space to grow, and I am guessing they will be ready before I can put them outdoors.




How to grow…

We typically purchase the pre-started plants, transplant them and hope for the best. But since things are a little different this year, I’m going to review the growing instructions for the item we purchased. So that’s a male following instructions, or at least saying he is going to.

I’ve setup “Growing Pages” for each one of the seeds we have purchased. The can be found in the Pages section on the left.


The Seeds Have Arrived!


We arrived home last night in the middle of winter, to find a big box from Veseys had been delivered. It feels like spring already!


What was in the box you ask?


  • Nagoya Mixed Colours Kale Flowering Brassicas
  • Ripbor Organic Kale
  • Hot Pepper Collection (4 Pkgs.)
  • Early Butternut Winter Squash
  • Tiny Tim Cherry Tomato
  • Tumbling Tom Tomato
  • Sweet Heart Tomato
  • Talladega Cucumber
  • Nautic Organic Brussels Sprouts
  • Early Russian Sunflower
  • Square Jiffy Pots 2.25″

Everything we ordered was there, no backorders. So far so good.

I’ve placed the box of seeds in a cool dry spot for a few weeks. We purchased an enclosed glass unit to start the seeds off indoors. I’ll need to assemble it first.