Look at my seeds now. See how much they’ve grown in the two weeks since I sowed them on March 5. It’s time to repot many of them which I’ll be doing later this afternoon. I’ll show you that process too, but I wanted you to see what the plants look like this morning. If your seedlings have emerged and are growing, you can also turn off your heat mats. It’s so exciting! Don’t you think so too?
The flower seeds, above aren’t quite as large because I started them a few days after the tomatoes and peppers. However, they will catch up by the time we move this seedling party outside. It won’t be long now.
The seeds I planted in cells are really ready to find a new home. They are cramped in their present quarters. Remember, when you transplant, make a tag for each container. Otherwise, you won’t be able to tell which tomato or pepper is which. They all look alike for a long time until they grow larger and begin producing fruit.
Speaking of tags, everyone has their setbacks. Just look at the tags below. I used a blue Sharpie instead of black, and the humidity from the covered seed tray melted all my words. Frustrating? Yes, but I kept the packets of seed I’ve sown in a separate box. That way, once these have true leaves, I can look them over and see which ones are which. I’ll re-tag them then. So, don’t be discouraged when things don’t go as planned. It happens to all of us.
I see seedlings as a sign of hope because no matter what winter throws at us, spring is truly here. Have a great week and let me know how your seeds are doing. I’d love to hear.
To learn more about seed starting and how to build this seed starting station, buy my book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff.