Lovely. Of the 50 Malabar that were seeded on April 7, eleven of them are looking like the above image. There are 6 that are breaking through the soil. The remaining are housed in the germination greenhouse. The 11 that are the biggest had started sprouting around April 15 or 16 – that is 8 or 9 days before the strongest of them made an appearance. These were the seed that I soaked overnight before planting.
On the weekend, I went up to Richters, one of my favourite places for herbs. The main reason for making the trip was to attend a talk about fig growing given by Steven Biggs. Apparently he successfully grows figs at his Toronto home, and I am interested in giving it a shot. The talk was very informative and he was encouraging. Unlike lemon trees, growing figs is a lot easier according to Steven. Fig plants are able to withstand colder temperatures than lemon trees, and fig plants go dormant during the winter whereas my lemon tree needs constant care year-round. With most figs we grow here, we do not have to worry about pollination as figs are not botanically a fruit. There are a few species that do require a specific type of wasp to do the pollination, but not the variety that I am starting out with – Hardy Chicago. I promise to take a photo of my little guy soon.
Instead of purchasing plants this year, I’ve decided to try growing more from seed. I realized that my first small batch of seedlings were started too early. Based on my records, I started a month earlier than last year! I should mention that only 1 of my corn plants have survived, but that’s ok. I am ok to seed directly outdoors soon.
The nasturtium need to be potted up very soon as they are becoming a tangled mess. The eggplants are here, but they are much more delicate and lanky looking than any of the other seedlings. The hot peppers have their second set of leaves and all of them look great, even the 2 that I had thinned and didn’t have the heart to sacrifice.
The green Malabar was the last thing I seeded, but now that I think the weather is starting to stabilize and warm up, I’ve decided to start my final round of seeding.
Tonight I have seeded the following:
- 24 French Marigold (seed images above – so pretty!)
- 3 Lemon Basil
- 3 Queenette Thai Basil
- 3 Spicy Globe Basil
- 3 Pot Cilantro
- 3 Thyme
- 3 Rosemary
- 3 Lemon Cucumber
- 3 Golden Cherry Tomato
- 5 White Soul Strawberry
- 4 Bianca Borage