Trial by seed: Weeks 1-3

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We’ve been keeping track via photos of the seeds we planted in late February for trialing. Creating a journal or a photo diary of your seedlings can be very helpful, so you can see each stage that your seeds go through. This may help you decide what to plant for the next year as well. Some seeds germinate faster than others, so keeping a set of notes will help you keep track of what needs to be transplanted when.

February 24th, 2014

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February 27th, 2014

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March 3rd, 2014

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March 11th, 2014

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At this point, a lot of these seedlings are ready to be transplanted into their own peat pots. After they spend a little more time growing (until the last frost date, which in the North is about the third week of May), they’ll be planted directly into the ground, peat pot and all.

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You’ll use the same seedling mix that you started your seeds with, packed loosely in your peat pots.

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Very gently separate each plant from the row that you planted and use your finger to create a small well in the center of the peat pot. Place your seedling inside and lightly pat the soil down on top with the tips of your fingers.

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You can also use Cow Pots in place of peat pots, which are made of cow manure and completely dissolve in the soil to create great nutrition for the plants to feed off of after being planted.

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We’ve also started a set of new seeds, containing Coffee, Camellia (Tea), Brugmansia (pink and white), Parlor Palm, Artic Kiwi Vine, Celery (Peppermint), Ponytail Palm, and Ficus (Elephant Leaf). These seeds needed to be soaked for a certain amount of time before being planted, so make sure you read your seed’s packet for information about this.

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On some seeds, like this Camellia tea, the outer shell of the seed needs to be scored or scraped after soaking, to help the seed break out of the shell.

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Sometimes the seed that you’ve soaked is too small to pick up and plant by hand, so you can carefully pour the water containing the seed into each peat pot. Be careful not to flood the soil with too much water, as you can kill the seed by making the environment too wet.

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