Gardening in the Trailer Park: New Growth Phase III

sweet williams may 18

Okay, so on the picture it is not very impressive, but 11 days after planting Sweet Williams seeds they sprouted. And yes, there is a whole row of them, not just what is on the pic. Why am I sharing it then? See, I put the cart before the horse and planted these seeds before checking details online. No, they did not come in a packet, these were seeds that uber gardener Glory Lennon sent me from her garden.

Well, of course I had done a quick overview online as to how tall they grow and that as to allow for enough space. However, after the fact I read up some more and found conflicting info online: It’s an annual; no, a biennial, wrong-it’s a perennial. No, it’s a short-lived perennial and will only flower in the second year. Oh, and don’t sow until July. Sigh. Well, they are in and up, so we’ll see. Does it count that the weather has been as hot as July for a few days?

zinnia may 18

The second surprise for me today were the zinnias. “giant state fair exhibition type,” to be exact. These we just planted on May 12 on a 53-degree day that saw an almost record-setting low temp for the night of 37, so I did not even check on them, but Tom called me over to that flower bed and sure enough, the whole row sprouted. That is not the surprising part, however: The seeds were from 2006 and according to many gardeners (online), seeds that old don’t sprout, or a very small percentage at best. Well, they were wrong.

As usual, I did the temperature calculations for these. It took 11 days for the Sweet Williams to sprout. The average high temperature for that time period was 71, the average low was 48, and the median temperature was 59.

The zinnias took 6 days to sprout and the average high temp for that time period was 73, the average low was 50, and the median temp was 62.

2 thoughts on “Gardening in the Trailer Park: New Growth Phase III

  1. Things are popping! Yay! Don’t fuss too much about Sweet Wills. They sprout when they feel like it, all on their own time. I don’t even collect the seeds much anymore so, they can do their own thing. After you plant them and they flower–yes, it could happen this year– they will drop more seeds and then you’ll get them to at least act like perennials– meaning you’ll have them coming back year after year…maybe not in the same spot but, close enough! I told you that seeds are fine years and year old. I never worry about that! You’re doing great!

  2. My mom was a no-nonsense person and everything she ever grew was done by direct seeding without fertilizer, except from our compost. Well, we can’t compost here, they’d have a fit. Anyway, I kind of am doing the no nonsense thing too with our project. I put the seeds in and let nature take its course.

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