Organic Gardening – Seedlings Update and Watering Patterns

June 1, 2012

Welcome back gardening enthusiasts for another update straight from my organic garden. In my last organic gardening update, I talked about my oregano comeback and my chives thriving. Today, we’re talking about my seedlings again. Those little seeds I wasn’t sure would indeed grow have done so wonderfully…for the most part.

I must say that things were going really well; almost every variety of seed came up, at first. The only seeds that did not grow at all were the organic heirloom European peppers I saved from peppers I bought at my local farmer’s market. Despite following the directions from the farmer on how to save the seeds, they didn’t sprout. Given the hundreds of seeds I planted in my organic garden, I thought it was better to be safe than sorry; I was all right with these results.

I understood that in order to have healthy plants with strong roots I couldn’t over water the seedlings. By watering them less it would force the roots to expand to get water. My mistake was giving them a little bit of water almost every other day. I didn’t realize that I was over watering them. I knew something was wrong when my spinach seeds, which were the very first seeds to sprout, started getting droopy. Another clue that something was amiss was when I saw a light fuzz on the side of some of my peat pellets. I asked my resident garden guru to look at my seeds when visiting, and my assumptions were confirmed. I had managed to kill the spinach, it just couldn’t be revived, but the other plants would be okay as long as didn’t go back to my pattern of watering. After receiving this news, I watered on an as needed basis when the peat seemed dry.

Plants that are doing well in my organic garden include: green and yellow zucchini, Martha Stewart as well as my own cherry bomb peppers, all varieties of tomatoes, basil and onions. I didn’t start lettuce seeds; as the time for planting approaches I’ll start seeds in the garden as well as in planters because lettuce grows quickly. Other than the spinach I managed to kill, the other seedlings that aren’t doing very well are my parsley. The parsley looks spindly and wispy, and I don’t have much hope for its survival.

As I placed the seedbeds on the TV trays by a window, I have to keep turning them as the plants tend to grow toward the light. In order to keep them upright and not leaning, I turn them every few days or when they start leaning in the other direction. This proved that you don’t need a greenhouse to start seeds – you can make it work if you get creative.

My next organic gardening adventure in starting my own seeds will be transplanting my seedlings, as they are looking quite large. If you have any tips, tricks or stories. please share them with us in the comments. Until next time, happy gardening.
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