What are we growing. In the Burpee set we are growing sunflower (Girasol gigante), carrot scarlet nantes (Zanahoria escarlata tipo nantes), squash black beauty (or another name is zucchini, Calabaza belleza negra), bibb lettuce (limestone) (Lechuga bibb), tomato brandywine (Tomate brandywine), cilantro (if you let cilantro go to seed the seeds are called coriander), early squash (yellow, Calabaza cuello), tomato beefsteak (Tomato biste), mesclun mix (Ensalada mezclada), eggplant (Berenjena larga purpura), and spinach (Espinaca larga duracion).
After 3 days the mesclun seed sprouted followed by the bibb lettuce and spinach. At 4 days, the sunflower sprouted. Between 5-6 days tomato beefsteak sprouted. Also at 6 days the early squash sprouted followed by tomato brandywine. At 7 days we saw the carrots and zucchini (at 8 days). 10 days we saw eggplant and at 13 days, lastly the cilantro.
Oops! We think we may have planted these seeds too early as after thirteen days the sunflowers are already at 6.5 inches tall and the yellow squash at 4 inches, both species had to be staked with small twigs using twist ties. But be very careful, we accidentally snapped off one of the sunflowers, as they are tall and wispy. This is the result of the inside starter kit creating a “perfect atmosphere” with no wind or breeze and warm and calm. To fix this problem (i.e. tall and wispy seedlings, after staking them leave them outside, as a gentle wind (5-10mph) will be good for them: the wind will encourage your young seedlings to develop a better root system. Also our OSU Extension educator advisor said our bibb, mesclun, and spinach is ready to plant outdoors, but we are going to keep them in the seed starting kit until at least early May.
Our seedlings are growing in our soil mix, plus a secret recipe of our mineral/feeding water (not yet ready for sale). Happy growing and feel free to share your seed success and failure stories here.