Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's alive!

Four nights after I planted the first round of seeds I had a dream that my plants began sprouting. As you can imagine, as soon as I got out of bed the following morning I eagerly made my way to the balcony to check on my plants. Upon inspecting the various pots I made an exciting discovery! The Italian basil had begun to germinate! I counted about 12 tiny green sprouts in the very early stages of breaking through the soil. You can almost see the tiny green dots in the picture below.

Ok, so maybe this isn't the best picture, but it's very early on, so it's quite difficult to see the sprouts. One thing that worries me though is the number of sprouts and their close proximity to each other. I'm afraid that overcrowding will lead to problems further down the road . Luckily it'll be a few weeks before I need to worry about this as it will take at least that long for the plants to mature. In the meantime I'll keep an eye on the plants and maybe do some research to see what can be done to prevent any problems. At this point there are no signs of life from the other three pots.

On a side note, up to this stage I had been lightly watering the plants twice a day: in the morning and at night. My aim has been to keep the soil slightly moist but making sure not to soak the seeds and risk over-watering.

1 comment:

  1. Nice!

    I am thinking that if you get enough sprouts (or whatever the term is), you might have to split them up and replant them somewhere. I would check with your local nursery just to be on the safe side.

    How often are you supposed to water the plants? I am just curious.