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They’re sprouting!

By Patty Hoisington

There are actually baby vegetable plants popping up from the soil inside the cowpots which currently reside inside trays under clear plastic domes. The seedlings are tiny, but green and alive. It seems like we have waited eons for the seeds to sprout, though it has only been a couple of weeks since we planted them. Now, there are tomato, tomatillo, peppers, brussels sprouts and cabbage. More will be planted this week, so that I can once again (in my impatience) peek under the clear plastic domes once or twice a day to check on the presence and progress of new plant life.

To make sure the plants stay healthy and strong and grow successfully beyond their indoor habitat to their respective spots in the garden, this year we decided to follow the guidelines and suggestions of The Old Farmer's Almanac in regards to when to plant, and what plants to plant when according to our specific location. I think we have been too hasty in years past: We planted early, and lost a good deal of those plants to the last blast of cold weather that we always seem to get. Then we replanted. It gets expensive replacing plants. So, we are planting from seed, and planting later this time - and I will continue to peek under the plastic domes, cheering the little seedlings on.

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