Growing Observations

| 5/23/2016 10:06:00 AM

Tags: Growing seeds, vegetable seeds, seeds sprout, beets, spinach, carrots, gardening, Medway Ohio, Connie Moore,

 Connie Mooreseeds in measuring spoons

It never ceases to amaze me how things grow. From the tiniest seed comes all sorts of contortions as a pale green stem pushes its way through the seed hull and upward to light.

A case in point is the onion seed. A black dot no bigger than 3/32 of an inch, the seed holds the means to grow a soldier-at-attention straight green-topped white onion. To come up through the soil, a thin-as-a-thread green shoot pushes up in a loop. As it gains momentum, the loop gets bigger until one day it comes unraveled, straightening up overnight.

onion sprouts in loops

Do you know what a beet seed looks like? Those big red globes that are so good as Harvard beets or pickled beets begin as brown, crunchy, Grape-Nut cereal-shaped 1/4-inch seeds. When the tiny sprout appears, it’s already red with deep green, rounded dicot leaves. Its true leaves come next with thinner-than-hair streaks of red. And all the time the leaves and stems are growing up, the red tap root is growing into a ball with a sweet, earthy flavor.

red and green beet sprouts

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