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Mar
07
2009

The First Signs of Spring

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I started enough seeds a couple of weeks ago for me and Jessica and whom ever else needs or wants some. Most all of them sprouted.

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So yesterday I decided it was time to put them in little pots to begin their journey towards my new herb bed or one of their other new homes.

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I cut newspaper circles with my handy dandy Fiskers circle cutter to put in the bottom of the pots (keeps the soil from falling through the little hole in the bottom).

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See how nicely they fit!

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Then I labeled the pots. I had numbered my trays and then kept a little notebook with the names/numbers of what I planted.

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Adding a little potting soil.

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A little water.

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Seedlings and then a little more water…

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Awww…aren’t they adorable!? I will begin hardening them over the next couple of weeks in preparation for their new bed. These are all culinary herbs ~ 3 kinds of basil, chives, thyme, 3 kinds of parsley plus cilantro, oregano, spearmint, sage – no rosemary as I have a HUGE rosemary plant I hope to transplant as well. I think I will make a trip to the nursery when the bed is ready and put in a little medicinal section as well. Borage, St. Johns, Lambs Ears, Chamomile, Comfrey (if I can find some).

This warm weather lately has inspired me!

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val

Love your seedlings….here is a tip on rosemary. It can be hard to propagate from cuttings….but there is a trick.

If you’ve heard of it, sorry to tell you again…

If you put the rosemary clippings in a GREEN tinted jar or green vase, they will take off…..

I don’t even remember where I learned this trick but it really does work. :-)

val

WOW – GREAT HINT! I didnt know that but will give it a whirl…guess tonight I will have to polish off the bottle of wine I have in the frig so I can have the bottle!

We are on the same wavelength I do believe. Yesterday i spent most of the morning transplanting all of my herbs into my new garden boxes. Thus far I only have garlic and common chives, lemon and common thyme, several mints, & rosemary. I can NEVER get seedlings to take. I don’t know what I do wrong but I think it is too much water. I usually have to rely on whatever the feed store brings in from Burpee.

I can’t wait! How fancy would I be if before long I could make Rosemary Bread with rosemary I picked from my own plant? Watch out Martha!

This will also save me a fortune since I won’t have to buy my herbs from the store anymore and save me from throwing tantrums when they don’t have what I need. ;)

I’ve got spring fever in a bad way, too…I potted several herbs this morning. I’m heading back outside to repot a few more.

I think I’ll give the rosemary rooting trick a try. Just for the fun of it.

There’s some great tips here Susan. Thanks so much for sharing!

Denise

Hi Susan,
Boy, I need to get started here and my seedlings.
A note about mints. Be sure to plant them with plenty of their own space or trim them a lot because they grow and spread like crazy.
But maybe you already knew that. :)

Yep…I have had mint issues before. I got a “stern talking to” about letting them get out of their containers!

love your seedlings! you have a wonderful start to a herb garden! you go girl!