Monday, May 3, 2010

Top - Pot. It's not the same forward as it is backwards.

I made my first big gardening blunder before the plants ever hit the soil. In my hasty shopping process I erroneously grabbed a bag of top soil instead of potting soil. And as the letters in full reverse accidentally imply, the top soil did exactly the opposite of helping my seeds to germinate and pot themselves. They molded and turned into tiny cement-like soil squares.

After mourning the loss of all my new potential seedlings, I went back to the Lowes and picked up a peat moss seedling greenhouse and started over.

I even picked through the topsoil looking for seeds that hadn't been ruined and replanted them in potting soil as well.

This part was a great lesson in seed identification. Beans and Squash varieties were easy...perennial flowers, not so much. But I gave it my best shot.

The top soil clumps that I couldn't identify seeds within - well I didn't have the heart to just toss it aside. I had been really putting my time into watering them adn beckoning their growth. So, next to my fence I placed a mystery pot. I packed it full of potting soil and the top soil failures. As many as ten different plants. Who knows what will come up! Not what I intended going into this, but fun none-the-less.

Now the question I'm trying to answer is, "Can I pick any Kale in the summer months or will it just taste bad?

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