Earlier this week, I started a bunch of flowers in flats in the greenhouse. Most of them are flowers that are beneficial to a vegetable garden: sunflowers, marigolds, nasturtiums. And I also started some cosmos, just because I think they are pretty. Unfortunately, I neglected to get more cosmos seeds, and had very few left. I can't be bothered to buy more now, so I'll have to make do with what I have.
I started 3 different types of marigolds. If you don't grow marigolds from seed yourself, you might be surprised by what the seeds look like. Not very seed-like ... they kind of look like toothpicks.
|My hand looks really weird?|
But they grow fast ... here they are after 6 days.
And for contrast, here are nasturtium seeds. Because they are so large, it takes extra time to break down the "shell", so there are no signs of them yet. But it shouldn't be much longer. Nasturtiums grow quite quickly.
I also started some "Kong" sunflowers. I've grown them in previous years and they never quite get to the 14 foot description - more like 9-10 feet so still pretty cool. As usual, I started them too soon. They grow quickly (again, this is 6 days):
I'll usually buy some pansies or petunias - I've never tried them from seed before but they are pretty cheap to buy locally. In the meantime, I've got a few perennial flowers popping up around the yard (grape hyacinth, two pics of daffodils, crocus).