Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tricking my Brown Thumb
I carefully planted seeds in vermiculite and waited for seedlings to show. The few seedlings I saw were quickly identified as products of a fall of elm seed disks from a huge elm tree in a neighbor's yard, but no sign of the carrots, beets, parsnips, or tomatoes that I planted. Finally I went ahead and purchased some weedy looking tomato plants for a deep discount along with dill and parsley that was similarly low in cost. They began to thrive in the grow beds. A week ago I tossed some year-old beets seeds in the beds, with a fatalistic feeling that since they weren't getting any fresher, they were just as well off adding organic matter to the grow bed. Surprise! The beet seedlings are showing up as pretty little green leaves on red stalks.