First sprouts of spring
If you follow Wayward Dogs on Facebook, you already saw our first little Hansel eggplant seedling, stretching out of its egg carton toward the light.
Last night, two more Hansel seedlings sprouted.
After spending a couple of days on our kitchen counter, our spring seedlings are now upstairs in our makeshift greenhouse. I outfitted the four-shelf baker’s rack with plant lights screwed into clip-on light fixtures. These fixtures let me point the artificial rays in the direction I want.
In an attempt to slow down the rapidness with which the soil in the egg cartons dries out, I have now covered everything with a thin layer of plastic or a clear glass container that helps trap moisture.
Now added to the variety of peppers and eggplants seeded last week are several varieties each of melons, squash, pumpkin and lettuce, plus cauliflower and Black Beauty eggplants.
We also suspended some of last summer’s sweet potatoes in a mason jar filled with water. In that sunny — and faux sunny — room, we hope that they will start slips (aka shoots) that we can plant later in the spring.
Are you a gardener who is starting plants from seeds this year? Have any of your babies sprouted yet?