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Transition time for the babies and a puzzle for everyone else

By Penny Stine

 

I’m determined not to kill any of my baby plants this year, so I’m being careful about transitioning all the seedlings I started indoors. They go outside, but they sit in the shade. Unless there’s too much wind in the forecast, then they stay inside. Howie the guard dog is vigilant about keeping marauding rabbits away. 

 

Last year, I fried most of my tomatoes to white little ghosties by putting them in direct sunlight on a bright, sunny day on their first day outside. So far, my babies have been out almost every day this week and they’re still alive. I also killed coreopsis, creeping thyme, catmint and lavender last year by putting them outside in lightweight seedling pots in the wind, which scattered them across the deck. 

 


Starting on Saturday or Sunday, I’m going to place them in the sun for an hour or two.

 

 


In the meantime, in my east garden, I made the mistake of planting carrots in an area where both dill and cosmos self-seeded last year. I think I’ll be able to tell them apart, but I’m not 100 percent positive.

 

Anyone want to play my guessing game and try to figure out which is which?

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Anyone who can correctly guess which pic is carrots, which is cosmos and which is dill wins free amaranth and zinnia seeds and (yes, there's more!!!) a summertime supply of parsley or dill!

Wow, does it get any better??

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