Seed Swaps

Huffing and Puffing

13 Mar 2012
Cloudy 5°C / 41°F

And that’s just the wind storm that blew through here yesterday for a good 12 hours.

I think we got off lightly as we didn’t lose power nor have trees crashing down – but it was so fierce it was frightening. Seems strange to have such a storm in March – usually late November is the time but I’m blaming ‘La Nina’ for it as our weather is rather nasty all round. It’s definitely way colder than normal: don’t think we’ve even hit double digits yet (in celsius).

Indoors, the trouble continues. I sowed 24 cells of tomatoes back on February 29 and only 4 have germinated! What is going on? All of the seed was “fresh” and they all got optimum seed-starting conditions and yet…. So I shall be resowing tomorrow and hoping for better germination rates. Otherwise all my earlier sowings/seedlings are looking fine so it’s perplexing to have this set-back. Guess it’s called gardening…

Main photo: Confucius-Cat-Hog predicts a long, cold, difficult Spring ahead.
Photo 1: At least, there’s a little pollen to feed the pollinators.
Photo 2: Took time to establish, but I shall be dividing them “in the green”. Yay!
Photo 3: Old Rock stars! These tete-a-tete narcissi keep on rocking – no matter what.



Hope you’re soon over the worst of the weather. Wonder if germination is affected by pressure changes? Lovely crocus shot – and the moggy too of course, that all knowing look, especially regarding the humans.

Posted on 14 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Mr Pussy Cat is not impressed with those winds either by the looks of it :)

Posted on 14 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

That’s one cute kitty. Nerissa says, “Hi!”

Posted on 14 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States5a

Confucius-Cat is all knowing! Better luck with the Tomms this time Louise….I can let you know that the Black Krim and Green Zebra you sent me have shown their little sprouts this morning. BUT…hey, we are having 70 degrees temps for a few days (crazy weather all around)

Posted on 14 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)


Folia Helper

United States7b

I’m still chuckling – that cat pic is hysterical! I hope Confucius-Cat-Hog’s prediction doesn’t come true though. Didn’t we already suffer a long, cold difficult spring last year??? This weather is crazy. I sowed a bunch of seed last Thursday and placed them on heat mats. By yesterday the Black Krim’s you sent me were sprouting along with some of the other veg seed I had sown. Better luck with the next round of seed.

Posted on 14 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Maybe try a germination test on the tomato seeds?
Your cat looks like he might know more than he is letting on.
The weather has been wintry around here this week, snow flurries, high winds, even some thunder.
Its been a while since my crocuses have dared to show their pollen—they have been tightly furled against the weather.

Posted on 14 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Tomato seeds need a pretty warm temp to sprout, so maybe a little bottom heat from a mat might help.

Posted on 15 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Didnt your cats usurp the heat mats? Maybe you need to kick off the cats to germinate the tomatoes!

Posted on 15 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Confucius-Cat is dead on. And I agree with the heat mat suggestion.

Posted on 15 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

Thanks everyone. Honestly, I have more heat mats than you can shake a proverbial stick at – I wound up buying three new double ones this year to cater for both seedlings and cats, so even the original tomato sowings were able to have a toasty bottom. On a sad note, one of our felines has recently moved on to the big heat mat in the sky (“the Prince of Darkness”, if anyone remembers my previous posts featuring him) so it could be that I drowned the original tomatoes in tears every time I was checking for germination and missing his cross face for disturbing his snoozing. I’ve resown now, so fingers crossed it’s second time lucky.

Posted on 16 Mar 12 (about 4 years ago)

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