Raising Plant Beds
Raising Plant Beds
Most years, we buy bedding plants and sow a few seeds directly in the garden once there’s no further threat of frost. Our youngest, Ethan, loves to plant and measure growth from week to week. Sowing seed in the garden is fun, unless a torrential rain washes them away or the weather is unseasonably cool and nothing grows. To avoid this and with lots of indoor time on our hands these days, we bought a seed-starter kit.
We found the perfect spot
The kit came with a lid to make the experience more “greenhouse-like.” After the seeds were sown in their temporary, biodegradable homes, we arranged them in a warm, well-lit room and, to our amazement, we saw lots of growth within a couple of weeks. We began planning our “victory garden” immediately with the intention of sharing the bounty with our church’s food pantry.
Why aren’t these growing?
At this rate, we’d have to give away bedding plants, they were growing so fast! Then, things slowed down. For weeks, there wasn’t much growth. Using plastic cups, we replanted the seedlings to give them extra nourishment and a bit more room. Also, we thought they’d thrive being outside in the warm weather. They did not.
Some did better than others
As anticipated, we had the most problems growing tomatoes from seed. We had better luck with peppers, summer squash, cucumbers and cantaloupes. Curiously, when we went to a local nursery to find bedding plants weeks later, much of their stock was also small – just as ours had been – but it was in the greenhouse and looked healthy.
Turns out, we had a patience problem, not a seedling problem. Bedding plants are propagated at a nursery for a reason – it offers the perfect, nurturing environment for seeds to grow. Although we had to buy bedding plants to get our tomatoes in the ground this weekend, we used the peppers and a few of the cantaloupes, cucumbers and yellow squash. Heck, I even planted a few of the tomatoes just to see what they would do. Watch for more posts on the Daise Victory Garden.