Exciting Update on the Parsley and Chervil Seeds!

Today (Thursday, Dec 17) will be 12 days since I planted these seeds. The seed packets say it can take 10-28 days for the parsley and 10-14 days for the chervil to germinate.

On Tuesday morning (day 10), I woke up to this in the chervil pot:

Do you see that little sprout?! I’m so excited!

I was worried about my new makeshift seed starting set up. I worried the light might not be strong enough or close enough to the soil or that I was over- or underwatering the seeds. I need not have worried.

Last night, the chervil seedling looked like this:

Growing strong!

Also, I checked the parsley pot last night, and there were not one but two sprouts poking their heads up. Here’s a photo of one. Can you see it?

I put two chervil seeds in the chervil pot and three parsley seeds in the parsley pot. They’re germinating right on schedule. I’m very happy with how this is going!

Starting My First Seeds!

On Sunday (Dec 6th), I planted my first seeds for the 2021 garden.

I decided to start with chervil and parsley to test out my seed starting set up. These are both cold hardy herbs, so if they outgrow the starter pots, they will hopefully be fine if I need to transplant them into the garden in January or February. Alternatively, I could put them in pots that I can bring indoors if the weather turns.

Also, I bought these seeds just a couple of weeks ago, and couldn’t wait to open the packages!

The chervil packet says it needs light to germinate, so you are supposed to press the seed into the soil surface. The parsley says it should be planted 1/4″ deep.

Here are my pots prepared with seed starting mix:

I used the smaller of the two sizes of newspaper pots that I made and cut the top off, so the pots are a bit shorter, to test out different heights.

Here’s the finished potted and labeled pots:

I watered them in and now…. I wait!

Parsley Take #3

I tried planting parsley in the raised beds along with the cilantro and marigolds, and nothing came up.

Then I tried planting it in the main in-ground garden, and again, no luck.

Since I still have seeds left, I’m going to give it one more shot.

This time, I’m soaking the seeds prior to planting. The back of the seed packet says they take 2-4 weeks to germinate and to speed up germination soak overnight prior to planting.

Soaking didn’t really seem to help me with the beans and peas, but I’ve already tried parsley twice without soaking and I’ve got nothing to lose.

The other thing I’m doing differently is that I’m planting the seeds in a pot on the deck using potting soil. I wonder if the seeds didn’t like the dense clay soil in the garden?

Who knows if this will work…(I doubt it)…can’t hurt to try!

Planting Seeds for the New Garden

Last Friday, I had the day off of work due to July 4th, and took the opportunity to plant a few seeds. I had brought a handful of seed packets down with me — most of which were two to three years old. Couldn’t hurt to put them in dirt, though, right?

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