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MGS S01E09 – Potting the Seedlings
Meet the Seedlings

Meet the Seedlings

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I noticed that some shoots were already starting in the nursery just two days after the seeds were sown! I was so happy about that progress. It’s now just five days since I started the nursery and now we’ve got quite a few trays exhibiting signs of life.

First to make an appearance were the Amaranthus seedlings, followed by the Holyhocks, Marigolds and even the Weeping Love ornamental grass and some calendulas too. This morning, I saw signs of a couple of Alyssum shoots, I’m particularly interested in these coming through as I’ve got three trays full of their seeds. The Alyssum – I hope – will be the main feature of every border as they will reside right at the front and provide the frame for that border. As you might have noticed from my inventory, I’ve got two kinds; the white Snow Cloth and the yellow Gold Dust.

Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment. I hope that your seeds are doing well too. Let us know how you’re getting along by entering a comment.

Bon chance!


The sunflowers germinated

Since the weather turned to the better about a week ago, I’ve put more effort into two things:

  1. Golf
  2. Gardening
I’m not showing much improvement in golf, but the garden has taken the bit and is off and running to full glory. During the Eid long weekend I took the chance to redo the vegetable patch and although no vegetable have been seeded there yet, I’ve prepared the ground and for the moment am using that patch’s sprinklers to water the small number of seed trays I’ve started. This morning, I was really happy to see that one of the sunflowers trays have sprouted with what looks like very healthy growth.
These are two types of sunflowers: at the top of the picture are the Mammoth Russian variety which can grow to 10 – 12 feet in height and with flower heads the size of dinner plates; while the others at the bottom are the much shorter Velvet Queen variety.
I was actually not holding on to much hope that they would germinate as their sell-by date has long past. They were marked to be used by 2010. I’m glad that they’re doing well (so far!)
At this rate, I’ll have to replant them into their permanent places within a week.
Me happy!



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A lot happen in a garden in two weeks, unfortunately for me; I’ve been really busy in the office that I didn’t have a chance to muck around with it. Last weekend was taken up by motorsports at the BIC – which I thoroughly enjoyed – but am determined this weekend to spend as much time as possible in it… and I started yesterday evening!

Look at this:

Cauliflower seedlings

I think I might have been a tad generous in my spreading the cauliflower seed. I had to thin them last night and the result was a small bucketful of seedlings. The story is repeated with the onions and cabbages as well. All of those removed seedlings went on the compost pile.

Ah well, next time I’ll take care not to spread too much of the seed, even if each packet is only 300 fils! Maybe I should just take comfort in that old farmer’s saying: one for the birds, one for the pot and one for next years’ seed. I feel quite all right after thinking of it like this, all is not wasted. I even can add “and a whole lot for the compost heap too!