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2015_Day 305: Rain good for seed sprouting

A couple weeks ago, I vaguely recall spreading zinnia seeds left from dried zinnias in my flower beds in the raised beds by my fall tomatoes and pumpkins. And with all the rain that’s fallen in the past 10 days, a bunch of them are now sprouting. Continue reading

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2015_Day 194: Pumpkins in need of repotting

Day 8, 6:45 p.m.: Pumpkins are growing like crazy.

Day 8, 6:45 p.m.: Pumpkins are growing like crazy.


If the pumpkins keep growing so fast, I’m going to need to repot them in the next few days. I planted pumpkin seeds on July 5, along with tomatoes, lettuce and zinnias. Everything but the lettuce is growing pretty well, although I did notice another one or two peat pellets had lettuce sprouting from it today. Continue reading

2015_Day 190: Seed sprouting shock and awe

Day 4: 52 of 72 of the pellets  have at least one seedling in them.

Day 4: 52 of 72 of the pellets have at least one seedling in them.

My jaw dropped — again — when I looked at my mini greenhouse tonight. Just four days after planting four kinds of tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkins and three types of zinnias, sprouts are showing in 52 of the 72 peat pellets. Continue reading

2015_Day 189: Purple, pinwheel and peppermint zinnias=pinnias

Red cherry tomato seedlings (far left) and pumpkin seeds ( bottom row, middle) popped up three days after being planted.

Red cherry tomato seedlings (far left) and pumpkin seeds (bottom row, middle) popped up three days after being planted.


I love watching seeds sprout through the dirt, or through the peat moss, as in my case. Tonight, just three full days after I pushed the seeds into peat pellets, more than 20 of the 72 pellets have seedlings popping up out of them, up from about eight last night. The new sprouts include red cherry tomatoes, pumpkins and the peppermint zinnias. Continue reading

2015_Day 188: Fastest sprouting seeds ever

The purple zinnias are sprouting!

The purple zinnias are sprouting!

Well, that’s a record, at least for me. Two days after I planted seeds in the peat pellets, the first flowers have popped up. Yep, only two days after I planted them, purple zinnias are sprouting, along with a few pinwheel zinnias. I have never had seeds sprout that fast. Of course, the peat pellets are sitting in a mini greenhouse on my patio and it’s been in the low 90s the past two days. Plus, it only got down to about 78 or 79 overnight. Continue reading

2015_Day 186: Prep work underway for fall garden

It seems weird planting seeds for a fall crop. I love Texas!

It seems weird planting seeds for a fall crop. I love Texas!

When I planted my tomatoes back in March, I figured they’d be toast by early July. But they’re doing pretty good thanks to a cooler spring and early summer. There still are a lot of flowers on the bushes, not to mention fruit, so I’m hoping that they’ll keep producing for another couple weeks, despite little rain and upper 90s in the forecast. And, because one of gardening bibles (it’s okay to have more than one, right?), “Month-by-Month Gardening in Texas,” told me to, I planted seeds for a fall crop today, too. Continue reading