If it was possible to do everything wrong….I did! First, let it be known…I fell into raising plants from seedlings…seriously, I had no idea what I was doing, was resistant (see last post), and the results speak for themselves. The poor plants suffered and died. I, on the other hand learned the meaning behind the term ‘Damping Off‘. Remember I mentioned a mold on my plants; well that’s a fungus that’s killing my babies. There’s no cure for it & once one has it, it spreads like wildfire through the air… they all ended in the trash.
A bleach bath for the containers, watering systems, everything that I would be using again, and again we try. Knowing I was behind schedule and that the spring plants could stand an early planting, I started with the summer squashes & melons. Within a couple days, the zucchinis and melon sprouted. Granted the previous weekend was wonderful, so great that I brought all the plants outside to enjoy the sun and the unusually warm temperatures…in the hopes that the bright light would wake a few of them up from their winter sleep and just do everyone a world of good.
Here’s a few other shots of the garden waking up and enjoying the wonderful spring day. Last Fall, I decided I wanted to do something with this area of the garden. It’s cool, stays damp, won’t grow a proper covering of grass in the corners, and is difficult to mow – we decided on Winter – early Summer bulbs.
Here’s how the rest are getting on…
And a full-view.
Now back to adventures in raising plants from seed.
If you’re starting from seed; here’s a bit of info I found that helped (after the fact) that may save you from the trauma of losing your babies and having to start again like I did.
And finally, one of the biggest sacrifices ever! This lily was purchased on Thursday for a friend’s birthday party (it was on Saturday evening). I housed it in my office/closet and everyday, upon waking up and also upon returning home, its scent would permeate the entire apartment – it’s sooooo lovely. I was really tempted to keep it but decided if I’m meant to have one, when I go back to the store, one’ll be there waiting on me. Trust when I say, this is better than any airfreshner!