Sprouts & Seedlings & Companion Planting

Seed Starting Update

A while ago, I showed you my sweet basil seedlings that I had started from seed.

Today they are flourishing!

 

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Sweet Basil seedlings flourishing over a two-week span

 

In this post, I wanted to demonstrate the ease of seed starting. I sowed some heirloom purple opal basil and some plain ol’ chives, side-by-side. That previous post only addressed the purple opal basil, but I did sow some chives right next to that basil.

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Purple Opal Basil and Chives started side-by-side

Companion Seed-Starting

I am interested to see how these two plants do, started side-by-side. Companion planting is fascinating but also confusing (here is a decent guide to companion planting). I love the idea of creating plant communities that support one-another. I was unable to find information on whether you should plant basil and chives together, but I do know that both are compatible with tomatoes. So perhaps they are compatible with one another. Considering my lack of experience, this will be quite the experiment.

Has any one had experience with starting different seeds together? What about companion planting in general? Leave a comment if you have some advice.

Happy Gardening!

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Ready, Set, Seed!

How to Start From Seed

For me, one of the most simple decisions I made when I started gardening was to start plants from seed whenever I could. Why?

  • It saves so much money.
  • There is much more variety in seed choices than there are pre-grown seedlings at your local nursery.
  • It’s magical to watch those babies sprout into beautiful plants that you one day get to munch, crunch and gobble.
  • Just look at how pretty these sweet basil seedlings  are.

So say you, “how the heck do I make a seed into a plant?” It might not be as simple as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ might have you believe- but it’s still relatively easy.

Purple Opal Basil

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 First I gathered together some seed starting mix and a tray. I re-used an old seedling tray.

When you do this, be sure to scrub the tray clean with soap and hot water to ensure that you do not spread any nasty plant diseases.

Next I lined my tray with newspaper (totally optional)

My packet instructions called for seeds sown:

1 inch apart and 1/4 inch deep

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So I made small holes according to the instructions.

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I poured some of the seeds out of the packet- I like to use a white ramekin because then I can see all those teeny-tiny seeds.

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I placed one seed into each hole.

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I then covered my seeds lightly and wet my seed tray thoroughly.

These two steps were points of contention for me, as I’m fairly certain I upset the seed starting mix and moved those seeds around a little.

Next time perhaps I should water the seed starting mix first?

 I’m hoping that this wont mess up the germination of these purple basil beauties.

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I placed the top over the tray, which allows for the environment to be controlled as the seeds germinate.

I can’t wait to update you on how these babies go. The packet instructions say that germination will take place in 7 to 14 days.

 Are there any seeds that you have started lately? If so feel free to comment and leave a link to any posts you have about seed starting.

Happy Gardening!

Sweet Basil Seedlings

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Allow me to introduce you to my basil seedlings. These babies are annuals, and will hopefully grow one to two feet tall and eight to twelve inches wide.

According to the packet instructions, I need to wait six weeks until I can transplant them to the big wide world that is my garden.

When they are all grown up they will prefer full sun and well-drained, moist soil.

 

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Right now they are happy in my kitchen window sill under a heat lamp. Obviously they need a little thinning but otherwise they seem to be doing well. They have just sprouted their first true leaves and I am preparing to treat them with foliar seaweed spray in the next few days.

Are you excited about any of your up-and-coming seedlings? Feel free to comment.