A garden is the best alternative therapy.

First Sprouts!

On the morning of the third day, I went out to water the mounds again and discovered that all five cucumber seeds had sprouted! Knowing the weather was going to approach 95 degrees, I decided to cut a piece of burlap and, using steel binder clips (like you use in an office), I attached the burlap to the bottom ring of the tomato cage to help diffuse some of the hottest sun.

By that evening when I arrived home, six of the squash and three of the zucchini seeds had sprouted as well! I watered them again then went to bed. In the morning I discovered that two more zucchini seeds had pushed up through the dirt. I was very pleased with the germination rate of the seeds from Seeds of Change. 100% of the cucumber seeds sprouted, 100% of the squash sprouted and 83% of the zucchini seeds sprouted (as of this entry). And they all sprouted in the minimum germination time indicated on the back of the seed packages. Not bad.

Young sproutlings: cucumber, squash and zucchini (from left)

Young sproutlings: cucumber, squash and zucchini (from left)

As of today (9/4/09), several bean plants have popped up.  I am hoping that the rest of them will push through over the next day or so.  We are forecast for some rain this weekend, so I hope the conditions are right for these young seedlings to take off.  As a precaution, I decided to mulch around the seedlings to protect them.

The most eager of the first bean sprouts ...

The most eager of the first bean sprouts ...

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Another closeup of the bean sprouts ...

Another closeup of the bean sprouts ...

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Squash seedlings, day six from planting.

Squash seedlings, day six from planting.

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Zucchini seedlings, day six from planting.

Zucchini seedlings, day six from planting.

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and cucumbers, day six from planting.

and cucumbers, day six from planting.

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