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Some like it hot, some like it cold and some just want it to sprout

By Penny Stine

Gardening is such a humbling experience. There’s so much to learn, so many ways to make mistakes and so many ways how not to grow a tomato.

And yet, it ain’t rocket science. Farmers have been growing crops for thousands of years.

This is my second year for starting seedlings in the house. Such a perpetual exercise in patience. I’m like a two-year old when it comes to starting seedlings. I plant on Saturdays, and I’d really like to see something sprouting by Monday, at the latest.
The Thai hot peppers I planted had a lousy germination rate. I planted at least 16 back in February (I’m planting extra for a friend) and only three measly little plants sprouted! So I began to research and learned that it’s not a lousy germination rate, just a long germination period.

Look, a fourth one finally sprouted in this six-pack planter – see the tiny one just starting to unfold? And another finally sprouted here. (Can you see the tiny sprout in the back?)

Some peppers, especially the hotter ones, can take a month or longer to sprout.
So now I’m waiting on the rest of the seeds and wondering why I thought I needed so many Thai pepper plants. I'm also waiting on poblano peppers, which aren't particularly hot, but they are rather slow to germinate. 



Columbines also teach patience. I thought it would be great to start several six-packs from seed. In the photo below, the three six-packs with nothing but dirt are the columbines. The other is full of petunias. 





After all, I had started petunias and they popped right out of the ground.




Just when I was about to give up on the poor seeds, I decided to read a bit.

Columbines can take up to 30 days to germinate. Guess I’ll be patient and try not to drown the little suckers. (Why do I think I can make them grow if I continually spritz them with water???)


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