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Moved some things around, reset some timers to veg and now have a clear run at popping some more beans. This is only a temporary set up until I cAn refigure the seed to flower process for a better, happier and less stressful set up 🎉 💯 🖤 🧡
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Lesson of the day: sometimes you need to give devastated plants time and faith! My purchased butterfly weed seedlings took a major hit for an unknown reason, but I potted them up anyhow, and look what’s peeking through! They’re all sending up new shoots!

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I’ve been growing herbs from seed and they’re doing ok but growing a lot more slowly than I had expected! Coriander it’s in the lead closely followed by chives, and basil and parsley bringing up the rear.

It’ll save money on buying pots from the supermarket but goodness I hope we don’t need them in the next month 😂

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Some plants such as lettuce require cool conditions for germination (<10 oC), a condition known as thermo-dormancy. This reflects the evolution of the wild parent species in cooler environments and growth cycles limited by higher summer temperatures. Transforming live but dormant seed into new healthy self-sufficient plants requires care and planning. The conditions in which seed is stored before use greatly affect the vigour and quality of plants post-germination. Seed which is stored too long or in unsuitable environments deteriorates resulting in unthrifty seedlings.


Aged seed

Seed is either sown directly into soil or into compost designed especially as an aid for germination. These composts contain carefully balanced nutrient formulae which provide larger proportions of potassium and phosphorus compounds which promote rooting and shoot growth. The amounts of nitrogen needed at and immediately post-germination are limited. Excess nitrogen immediately post-germination will cause over-rapid growth which is susceptible to pest and pathogen damage.

Minor nutrients will also be included in composts which ensures the establishment of efficient metabolic activities free from deficiency disorders. Composts require pH values at ~ 7.0 for the majority of seedlings unless they are of calicifuge (unsuited for calcareous soils) species where lime requirement is limited and the compost pH will be formulated at 6.0. Additionally, the pC will be carefully tuned ensuring correctly balanced ionic content avoiding root burning disorders. Finally, the compost should be water retentive but offering a rooting environment with at least 50 percent of the pore spaces filled with air. Active root respiration is essential while at the same time water is needed as the carrier for nutrient ions.  

Seedlings encountering beneficial environments delivering suitable temperatures will germinate into healthy and productive plants.


Healthy seedlings

Some plants such as lettuce require cool conditions for germination (<10 oC), a condition known as thermo-dormancy. This reflects the evolution of the wild parent species in cooler environments and growth cycles limited by higher summer temperatures.

Careful husbandry under protection such as in greenhouses provides plants which can be successfully transplanted into the garden. The soil receiving these should be carefully cultivated, providing an open crumb structure which permits swift and easy rooting into the new environment. It is essential that in the establishment phase plants are free from water stress. Measures which avoid predation from birds such as pigeons may also be required. 


Pigeon feeding      

Netting or the placing of cotton threads above plants helps as a protection measure. Weeds must be removed otherwise competition will reduce crop growth and encourage pests and diseases, particularly slug browsing. Finally, the gardener will be rewarded for his/her work with a fruitful and enjoyable crop!

Written by: Professor Geoff Dixon, author of Garden practices and their science (ISBN 978-1-138-20906-0) published by Routledge 2019.

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Why hello, blue corn. These erupted yesterday, and it’s amazing to watch them grow throughout the day. They’ll be part of an educational Haudenosaunee Three Sisters school garden where students will learn about cultural traditions and planting, culminating with a Native guest speaker and celebration. It was a huge success last year, and this will be the second year for this program.

…if the kids go back to school before the winter. Still getting planted, though! Might become a virtual endeavor!

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Made my first concerted effort to start native plants from seed last year- collected a variety, potted them, and buried the pots over the winter so they could naturally stratify. Tragically, the squirrels got my sprouted kingnut hickory and burr oak (they must have thought they’d died and gone to heaven lol), but the smaller sprouts are doing well!
First pic is brown dragon (aka Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum) and green dragon (Arisaema dracontium), but I don’t remember which pots are which. Other pics in order are northern spicebush (Lindera benzoin), wooly pipevine (aka Dutchman’s pipe, Aristolochia tomentosa, the only seed I bought bc I couldn’t find any wild ones), something I don’t remember what it is (was busy with work and didn’t label anything rip me), and some volunteer stout blue eyed grass (itty bitty native irises, so cute omg) in the bed next to the pots.

I’m pumped for these! Especially the pipevine! Hopefully they’ll all do well, I can give some to neighbors, and maybe we’ll get pipevine swallowtails! I’m a little puzzled more species didn’t come up though- basswood, beech, wahoo, american bittersweet, zigzag spiderwort, ground cherry, and blatternut are all unaccounted for. Blatternut is pickier, but the others shouldn’t be too hard to start? My pawpaw seeds will hopefully sprout in June or July, so maybe there’ll be some other late bloomers yet!

And I’ll def make a cage for next year’s sprouted tree nuts, damn!

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