After only 3 days spotted some germination of the new seeds planted directly in the garden. The turnips and cuc’s had poked out. I’m going to stay on top of the turnips this year and start thinning them out early on. I let the crop last season get out of control and ended up with some getting way too big and pithy while others struggled for space. That was all on me. In the past I had trouble with turnips so last season I treated them as most probably going to crater anyway and gave them scant attention. Subsequently we found several ways to use them and regretted not giving them proper attention early on.
With respect to the cuc’s, last year was a disaster – poor growth, buggy etc. That was a surprised since we had always had good luck with cuc’s. I paid more attention to planting these seeds and prepared hills of pure compost. I created 4 hills and put 3 seeds in each hill. After only 3 days I was really surprised to count 9 plants breaking the surface. I’ll let them go for a week or so and then thin to 4 plants. Four plants will provide more than enough for us with plenty to give away.
Great germination. Almost all the bean seeds, bush and pole, have popped out ahead of schedule. Ditto squash and cabbage. All of these germinated in well under a week. The stuff that takes a week – 10 days, aka carrots, haven’t poked yet (and shouldn’t have). I’m particularly watching germination because most of the seed I planted is 1-2 years old so you anticipate a reduced germination. It’s of particular interest this time because at the end of the last planting season, I resolved to take better care of the seed until the next starting season. Seed is getting more expensive and it’s much simpler to just use the leftovers than go thru the ordering process. I found a metal cookie tin to store the old seed and kept it in the refrigerator veggie bin. That should keep the seeds dry and cool – but maybe it will kill them. So far so good. All the seed mentioned above went through the spring/summer seasons plus the cabbage and lettuce and survived. The jury is still out on tomatoes and green peppers. These normally take 7-10 days and it’s been way less than that.