I got bags of dirt for my birthday. Some of you may think I’m kidding, but I honestly asked for dirt for my birthday.🤷🏻♀️ It was brutal waiting to get seeds in the dirt, especially after getting Cut Flowers. But I managed to stave off the urge until the end of January.
Realistically, I’m not doing full sows until April/May. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, caterpillars eat a LOT and as a majority of our gardens are actually host plants for the little wrigglers, I felt comfortable starting parsley and fennel this early. Parsley has proven itself very hardy, easy to grow, and will be the bulk of our host plant. I started parsley in a smaller left over container.
In an 18 count egg carton flat I wanted to start some of my larger flowers- Larkspur, Lupine, Delphinium, and Foxglove, and milkweed. They all have germinations of about 30 days. My hope is that I can get the Larkspur, Lupine, Delphinium, and Foxglove, to flower and seed in time for me to do my late Spring sow and thus increase the number of seeds I have of each! I did 2 spots for each kind of flower, and did the remaining 10 milkweed.
Milkweed is the only host plant for Monarch Butterflies. In case you haven’t heard, the Monarch is dangerously close to extinction. I believe they’ve been bumped up to critical. The increase of pesticide usage in tandem with the destruction of wild land where milkweed grows freely, has nearly wiped them out. Last year I was unable to get any milkweed to grow and ended up purchasing a few plants. From those plants I collected hundreds of milkweed seeds. I am hoping I will be able to grow at least 4-6 more plants to get in the ground this year.
The first week of February proved prolific for our little window garden. We had a bunch of parsley pop up (below). On Monday morning I woke up to a cute little Delphinium sprout (first pic above)! Of the four flower varieties, it has the shortest germination of approximately 15-20 days.
As we are nearing the 30 day mark, I’m hoping to see some more sprouts in the next 2 weeks or so!