Monday, April 10, 2006

Some Assembly Required

So yesterday I finally felt well enough (after 4 days of being very sick) to plant my little seeds. So I layed out my labels and my seeds...

Then I stuck my little peat tablets in the flats, like so. These things are really awesome. Just add water and they spring up like crazy. I really thought it would take longer and more water, but I was very, very wrong. You see, I hadn't figured out how many of the tablets I was going to use yet and I only filled the first flat with water.....but they are all attached and all sitting in the same drainage bin. And, well, the water drained into the bin and some of the other pellets got wet from underneath, and my flat looked like this, when I had only put water in that first section. The first section, however looked lovely, like this:

So, after I got the peat all squished into the pots
I put two seeds into each hole in hopes that at least one of them makes it out of the pair. I did this with all of them except the peppers because Thomas Morgan was really stingy on the seeds there. I literally only got 8 seeds total. Everything else seemed like a decent amount but those. However, what is nice is that within the paper package, Thomas Morgan has another foil wrapped package. Like those ones that hold the seasoning inside Ramen noodles. Don't look at me like that, I know that you were starving once too and ate Ramen Noodles! (or some equivalent paper flavored noodle) Some of us theatre folk have even gotten a little too creative with them. Ahem. Moving on...
So here is my pretty flat all planted. Okay, well, almost. I got it all planted and re-watered, covered and situated, and hiked it upstairs trying, for once, not to trip over my own feet, and I got it all settled and realized that I hadn't planted the 7 million dollar flowers. So, I hiked it back downstairs and planted those.
They were the tiniest seeds ever. It was like trying to plant poppy seeds only they were pointy, and not as dark, which made them harder to see. So I sprinkled some over the holes and I hope they work out. I also hope I didn't get any on the other plants. The last thing I need is million dollar purple flowers growing out of my tomato plants.

Now finally everything is upstairs and in its little home under its radioactive light. The cover will stay on until they begin to emerge. It's supposed to, and I hope it works out this way, all happen at once based on the germination times. The flowers might be a little behind, so I'm going to have to work something out there. The big flat is nice to keep them all together, but not helpful at starting seeds with differing lengths of germination. The new wee plants need the air circulation and the germinating ones need the humid conditions. I forsee some strategically placed seran wrap in their future.
In the mean time they will sit on the heating pad (still trying to work out the correct number of towels between the heater and the plants to get the temp right. It was awfully warm this morning, and I hope I didn't cook them!), under their 16 hour timered light and with my hopes that at least one of these little guys comes up.


  • Very nice. I want to plant some seeds now. Maybe I'll take a trip to Target tomorrow. I wonder if they have the little tray to plant the seeds in? Probably not. I guess I have enough going on right now. I'm sure most of them will do great, can't wait to see them! How long do we have to wait to see something? A few days? I would be checking them constantly!

    By Blogger Heather, at 10:24 PM  

  • Hunny, if you can do all this, there ain't a sock around you can't knit! :)

    By Blogger Debi, at 1:43 AM  

  • Your light contraption is awesome! I am looking forward to your future posts on the progress. There is just something magical to me about the stages of growth. Add water and poof!! prettiness! Thank you for your kind wishes for my puppy. She is feeling better everyday and has a dr's visit for this afternoon.

    By Blogger knitfriendly, at 10:46 AM  

  • Man oh man! You are hardcore!

    By Blogger Beth S., at 10:48 AM  

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