The seeds we started are coming along! Not that I check them every day. Or several times a day for that matter. The first leek sprout to arrive made me as excited as a child sprouting their first bean in a glass of water – probably more so, because I have a much greater understanding of the importance of food security and the perils that lurk in conventionally grown food. That said, this isn’t a completely organic operation. We bought the most “organic sounding” potting soil we could find and decided that will do. This being our first year growing from seeds, our main goal is just to make stuff grow, with the understanding that our process will be refined each year as we learn what grows best and what works for us.
So far, we’ve started leeks, red onions, watermelons, several types of tomatoes, sweet peppers and hot peppers. The leeks and onions have been in the soil about three weeks now and took just under a week to germinate.
Here they are at 9 days old:
Watermelons were started at the same time, and they broke the surface just after the onions. These are the only seeds that we didn’t buy – I saved the seeds from melons we received through our CSA last summer. I forget exactly what they look like, as we received many interesting and unique melons, so it will be a surprise come harvest time. We learned later that watermelons are not supposed to be started inside because they don’t like being disturbed. Makes sense, as they’re already growing like crazy. I have visions of watermelons taking over my house before the time to plant outside arrives!
Here they are at three weeks:
Here are the tomatoes at nine days. I think they look like a little forest.