Potting Up Sweet Peas and Echinacea

After seeing the wispy roots on the chervil and parsley, I decided to transplant the echinacea and sweet peas to see if getting them out of their newspaper pots will improve their growth. The sweet peas in particular and turning pale. The echinacea growth has just stalled.

I know you’re not supposed to disturb the roots on sweet peas, so I tried to gingerly peel off the newspaper.

The roots had actually grown into the newspaper, sooo….so much for not disrupting the roots. I also noticed that although the top half and bottom quarter of the potting soil was wet, there was also a patch of completely dry potting soil in the middle. I wonder if this may be a consequence of the newspaper…does it wick water preferentially away from the potting soil? Interesting.

But I persevered and here the sweet peas are potted in a fresh new pot with some twigs to act as a trellis, should they ever grow tall enough to require a trellis.

Next up, the echinacea:

This was more straightforward – no dry patches of potting soil.

I gave both pots a good drink of water to hydrate them well, and then next morning I fed them with some half-strength fertilizer. I’m also moving them outside to get actual sunshine instead of just a grow light (but don’t worry, I’m placing them so as not to get too much direct sunlight until they’re better acclimated.)

Replanting Onions and Planting Echinacea

Since the onions haven’t really come up as I had hoped, I planted more seeds in the same pots last weekend in the hope that I’ll get some more to germinate.

One lonely Evergreen White Bunching Onion…

I also started Echinacea seeds, which I had decided to start in mid-January.

The parsley and chervil are still chugging along….slowly but surely….

Grow faster plants!

Saving Alll the Seeds

I’ve made like a squirrel this year, saving a bunch of seeds. Since the zinnia seeds, I’ve saved…


Courtesy of Nate’s balcony garden


Courtesy of Dad’s back porch garden

….and echinacea.

Courtesy of the Stanford grounds

I’m also patiently waiting for my own cilantro and beans to be ready to dry…

And don’t forget about the squash! I will definitely be saving some of those seeds when I finally cut into it.