Starting Seeds: And They're Off!

| 3/8/2011 5:45:13 AM

A photo of Shannon SaiaAt the starting post, they all look like winners. Sleekly curved, bays and browns, full of vigor and mystery.

Into the potting soil they go. The soil is brushed across to cover them, water is dispensed, they are tented with Ziploc and set on the seedling mat. The seedling mat is plugged in.

And then I wait.

Every day I check them – day one, two, three, four – nothing.

And then, a glimmer of hope as one of the contenders begins to stretch out its neck. Listada De Gandia Eggplant. The crowd goes wild!

Once one of them steps up the pace, it seems the race is on. It’s Listada De Gandia by a swan’s neck curve, and then it’s Beefsteak Tomato. Beefsteak Tomato is up. Listada number two is pushing up behind them, and then Beefsteak is the first to stand up straight and tall like an arrow. Then Listada. Then Listada number two. Then Beefsteak number two. But wait a minute, who’s that hurrying up behind them? It’s Jalepeno From Last Year’s Seed! Jalepeno From Last Year’s Seed is still in the race! The crowd roars!

Cindy Murphy
3/9/2011 3:35:41 PM

Oooo, a day at the races. Too fun, Shannon! I'm going for a trifecta, placing my bets on Bush Baby Zucchini to win, Watermelon from Last Year's Seed to place, and Diamant Cucumber to show.

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