The Backyard

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Broccoli Babies

Broccoli is SUCH an easy plant to start from seed. Within three days, the seeds were popping into seedlings and started their trek reaching for light. I’m finding the celery a different story. Sam Bittman wasn’t kidding when he said celery is “difficult, even for experienced gardeners.” The seeds are not yet sprouting and I’m beginning to believe it could have something to do with air temperature/humidity in the house. Even though they are enclosed in a miniature greenhouse-type setting, the room/house temps could still be a factor. At one point years ago, I experimented with starting seeds in my rec room which is about 10 degrees cooler than the upstairs and I had total crop failure – too cold/damp --- mostly the dampness killed them because the soil never dried out between waterings. The bedrooms are the warmest rooms in the house, so I’m definitely going to keep them there, but I’m a slight bit concerned the 5 degrees cooler than other years may be playing a part. I’ll wait and see. Worse comes to worse, I just won’t have celery, and I can live with that!


fullfreezer said...

My broccoli popped up quickly as well. I have a heating cable that I twine through the cells. My garden partner has a heating mat that he sets his seed trays on for warmth. I have also heard of people picking up old heating pads at thrift stores to use (on low) for warming seed starting areas.

DailySAHM said...

My broccoli was the first thing to sprout. So exciting!