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green beans in the front, dinosaur kale in the rear

Well That Was Fast (seedlings!)

green bean & kale seedlings
green beans in the front, dinosaur kale in the rear

These little suckers were planted less than a week ago. Now, I’m no expert, but it looks like those green beans are just begging to be transferred into their new home. Right? Seriously, is that right? And the kale sprouts are hitting the top of the little greenhouse dome on the seed starter, so they should probably go too?

green bean seedlings & basil seedlings
those little ones in the back are basil, I think

The rest of the tray isn’t doing quite as well. Things are happening, but much more slowly. My tomato seedlings are just starting to yawn open, and there’s no action at all on the fennel or marigold fronts.

cute, no?

Please forgive the blurriness of this next picture. No idea why, but I just kept snapping ugly, ugly shots of the full tray…

less impressive when you look at the whole thing, no?

This isn’t a gardening blog, and I have no intention of it becoming one. But hey, I’m growing food! Either way, I’ll try to keep these posts to a minimum…

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Rhea

    But isn’t growing food a step in the process of preparing food? (: After my sister’s son turned a year old, they moved into a large farmhouse. She recently figured out that with all the gardening she’s been doing, and the chicks she’s raising, that she’ll qualify for some homesteading tax reductions. Spread the news – Gardening doesn’t just save you money on what you don’t buy in the store, it has the possible benefit of of leaving you satisfied and leaving you with a bigger tax return. Just a thought. (:

    1. Debbie Koenig

      That’s so cool for your sister, Rhea! Somehow I don’t expect my container garden’s going to qualify. 😉 Hopefully someone else will read this comment and benefit.

  2. Pamela

    Hi Debbie! FYI-There is a frost expected tonight. So I’d wait to put your seedlings into the ground. I’m no expert but I think you’re supposed to “harden off” the seedlings gradually. Also, my hunch is that you are early on the tomatoes. With this frost coming tonight I sort of wonder if the old (pre-SUPER WARM 2012) gauge of April 15th as the first planting is still valid? Good luck and keep us posted.

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Whoa, I had no idea there’s a frost a’coming! Guess I need to pay more attention now. THANK YOU.

  3. meri

    We use these trays every year. I keep them indoors till there is no fear of frost. They sit on my counter and tables for about a month, month and a half. The more they grow the more sturdy they will be when you plant. Keep them in the trays and take off the cover if they are getting to big. I usually put them outside on hot days to get some sun. Good luck! We are starting out seedlings today:-)

    1. Debbie Koenig

      Oooo, good tips! I thought once they got big like those bean seedlings, it was time to move em. Glad I asked–thanks, Meri!

  4. Ellen

    I’m in the Midwest, and the general rule of thumb is don’t plant outside until after Mother’s Day. Some cooler weather plants (lettuces and beans happen to be!) can go a little earlier and be ok. The really nice thing about pots is that if there is any worry that it will be too cold, you can haul them in for the night and put them back out during the day. 🙂

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