Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Germination in the Greenhouse!

I'm so excited!  The tiny seeds I planted in the hothouse setup in my greenhouse have begun to germinate.

Like the garden geek that I am, I go out to the greenhouse every day to see if anything has begun to sprout and sure enough...all the tomatoes and the Italian white eggplant have germinated.  Nothing yet on the peppers, but I do know they typically take a little longer to germinate.  But I looked at them yesterday (deep inside their little grow plug burrows) and I did indeed see signs of germination.  Take a look.  These photos were taken over the course of a few days. 

To me, this is one of the most exciting things about gardening.  Taking this teeny tiny seed, placing in a simple growing medium, giving it light, warmth and water and before too long, here you have it...a plant in the making.  It's just too cool!

I'll let them grow a little more and then thin each plug to one plant.  The plants will continue to live in the makeshift hothouse, under the grow lamp for a while yet.  They need to get much stronger before I transplant them to their own little pots.  That's much later...but it looks like I'm off to a pretty good start!  :)


  1. Looking good, and those of us who are a week or two behind your schedule are excited about this too! At least I am.

    Make sure to plant something uncommon -- something you've never grown before. It makes watching the seedlings emerge even more fun, not knowing what to expect!

  2. I know what you mean. I planted some spinach and was checking on them frequently just to see them sprout.

  3. Hi Alan! Nice to hear from you :) I love it when seeds begin to germinate. Makes me feel productive and optimistic. And I did plant new things this to me anyway. The Italian white eggplant is a newbee to my garden. It'll be fun to watch as it grows. Thank you for stopping by!

    Yes, Mother Nature's Garden, it is so much fun to check on seeds to see if they've sprouted! One of the highlights of gardening :) Thanks for visiting!

  4. Wooohoo! You are going to have a garden of abundance!

  5. I'm so jealous! My veggie gardening skills pretty much stink. I keep trying and every year it does get a little better. I do have asparagus this spring which was pretty exciting to me. Starting seeds is another story, though, so I am very impressed with your sproutage!! Way to go!!

  6. Thanks, Cat! I'm super excited. I *love* this part of gardening!

    Hi've got asparagus? That's great! *I'm* so jealous! I haven't been able to grow that lovely green. I just don't want to commit that much garden space to it I guess :) See, you are a vegetable gardener!