Seed Starting Update

Here’s a quick update on some of my recent seed starting activities. The parsley I sowed early in February is up and ready to be potted up into individual containers. I find it does best when you transplant while it is still small, about the time the first true leaves have appeared.

parsley seedlings

parsley seedlings

The lettuce I started in a plug flat is ready to be thinned. Tough love is necessary to give them the room they need! I’ll let these grow for another couple of weeks before I start planting them out in the cold frames and greenhouse, weather permitting.

lettuce ready to be thinned

lettuce ready to be thinned

I already thinned the arugula and early kale I started a couple of weeks ago. These too will be ready to plant out sometime in March. The kale varieties I started for spring include the curly kales Prizm and Starbor plus White Russian and a new one called Purple Russian.

kale seedlings after thinning

kale seedlings after thinning

I also started some eggplant and pepper plants that are destined to go in containers. Those are up and also will need to be potted up in individual containers as soon as the true leaves are showing. The eggplants are Fairy Tale and Patio Baby, two AAS Winners that do great in containers and should give us an early taste of this heat-loving veggie.

Fairy Tale eggplant seedlings

Fairy Tale eggplant seedlings

Next on my to-do list is to start some Wave petunia seeds, a fiddly task even with pelleted seeds since they are tiny even then and the pelleting material will dissolve as soon as it hits the moist potting soil. It’s also time to start the spring broccoli, cabbage and kohlrabi, which I will sow in 72 cell plug flats. I hope you have enjoyed today’s update and I’ll be back soon with more happenings!

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One Response to Seed Starting Update

  1. It is so uplifting to see those first seedlings of the year, isn’t it? A sing of things to come….

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