Seed Starting Fatigue

I’ve started a lot of seeds this year. This was the first weekend that I just didn’t feel like it. Maybe I could blame my lack of motivation on daylight savings, but that wouldn’t be true. My seed starting trays are crowded. The seedlings at the edge of the trays are having to stretch to the reach the artificial light. I want to get stuff moved out into the garden, but the brassicas are just too small still.

But if I don’t plant more seeds, I won’t have zinnias this summer, and that would be a bit of a bummer.

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Saving Zinnia Seeds

In addition to tomato seeds, I’m also trying my hand at saving zinnia seeds this year.

See those dead flower heads? I read that if you pull the dead petals out, you’ll see the seeds at the ends, which you can plant next year.

Like so:

Here’s the handful I collected – from all different color zinnias.

Yet another version of “I have no idea if this will work, but sounds fun to try!”

It Was Too Good To Be True

Well. The horsetail is back again. The north blueberry patch – the one we spent several work parties weeding and covering with newspaper and bark chips – has horsetail again.

We hadn’t seen any horsetail the past few weekends, so I was optimistic that maybe – just maybe – all that weeding and mulching had done some good. But of course not. It’s back again.

Nate and I spent a couple of hours on Sunday weeding that blueberry patch. Hopefully we can stay on top of it this year. Persistence persistence persistence.

It was a beautiful day out, and, while we were weeding, four other members of the garden were there working in shifts to plant the zinnia hedge.

The zinnia hedge prior to planting

This space separates the garden from the sidewalk/street, and so its nice to have some flowers out there for everyone to admire. We get a lot of compliments on the zinnias. Several passersby today said they couldn’t wait until the flowers were up: something for us all to look forward to.

Zinnias: planted and watered in