4.21.2011

Lights out

I thought it was going to be easy.

I read the directions...
bought high quality seeds.

Why doesn't everyone do this??

I felt kind of puffed with pride when I looked at them.
I liked telling people I was starting plants from seed.

They looked impressed.
My gardening ego glowed. 

I should have done a little more reading.
searched google earlier.

Instead I searched after...
and learned what a "legging" seedlings look like.

Wanna see?

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This is what happens when the seedling don't get enough light.
It happens a lot when people plant their seed and forget.

I wish I could say that is what happened...
Nope, I checked on them everyday.


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Checked their water...
made sure the cover was on...
kept them out of the sun light.

Yep - no sun for these little guys.
You see, I was waiting on the first leaves...

not the part of the seed that was left attached to the plant...
but real leaves.

That is what I read...
(on the back of the starter kit - maybe not the best source)
"when you see the first leaves emerge on your seedlings, move to a sunny location..."

Guess what?
These little seed parts were their first leaves...
probably the only leaves they will ever have now.

My poor baby plants.
My poor ego.

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They are now in a really sunny location...
and I am hoping I can save them.

My ego is too far gone.

4 comments:

Meredith said...

This is probably not the "legit" way to do things, but I've had some success in the past if I replant them in bigger containers with most of the "leg" underground. I figured it was similar to when I let the seeds sprout in a paper towel and then re-plant. Good luck!

Fresh Mommy said...

Awwww, poor baby plants. I wish I had a green thumb and could give some advice... but my seedlings would probably look about like that! We had a good success with our garden last year, but planted it from plants brought home, or seeds we could just throw in the ground. I need easy in my life. Haha.

:)
Good luck!

~Tabitha

Carri said...

I'm on round 3 of trying to grow seedlings...I give em 2 weeks, then toss em and start new ones. I've managed to get 6 to what I think is a good place. We shall see what happens when they land outside

Heidi said...

Nessa, you are impressive nonetheless; these actually look fine to me, which shows how much I know about gardening. I just bought a bunch of strawberry plants through a fundraiser at Ava's school and I'm kinda terrified.