Thursday, January 29, 2009

Failure #2 - Steamed seeds, anyone?

So I think I killed all of my second attempt at a planting the first night by covering the bed with plastic wrap and putting the lights on it. When I woke up the next day the earth was very hot to the touch and steaming from the greenhouse effect. I think I cooked the seeds I planted, for all intensive purposes. So now I'm just nursing a cabbage seedling and a lettuce seedling of unmarked pedigree.

It also seems like the organic potting soil I bought doesn't have enough drainage and aeration as it needs. So I will be shopping for some alternatives...

This gardening thing is more difficult than I thought.

Or maybe I just suck at starting seeds indoors.


  1. Trust me--it's not you. Well, maybe it's a LITTLE bit you, but mostly, it's that starting plants from seed is really hard. This is why most people just buy plants at the nursery. Even my MiL, who has about 50 years of gardening experience, remarked last year when the bell peppers just up and died that those seedlings can be ungrateful, difficult little bitches (not in those exact words, of course). But you can always plant again. And again.

  2. Interestingly enough, the French tarragon, Greek oregano, and rosemary babies I bought at the nursery are growing so fast I can almost hear them. Which is kind of the reason I bought them in the first place after this debacle - if I can keep an established seedling alive, that's a step in the right direction, yeah? :)