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    Anyone start their own seedlings anymore?

    I have about 12 tomato seedlings going and about 8 milkweed seedlings going. They now all have their "true" leaves on.

    I don't usually have much luck with starting seeds. They get leggy. With the tomatoes I can just bury them deeper. The milkweed are a project with the grandson. I'm also going to direct spread some milkweed seeds this weekend. I think our snow is gone for good. It's actually supposed to be close to 80 next week.
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    I don't usually do seeds, but this year I've started a bunch of zinnias, sunflowers and sweet peas, and the seedlings all seem to be doing pretty well in DH's weed growing tent in the cellar. I have no idea where I will plant all these . . .

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    I started some April 8, cosmos, tall phlox, snapdragons, 2 kinds of zinnias...they sprouted in 2 days! So now are getting true leaves and leggy...we're going away for a week, so I had transplanted them into a window box and have 3 beer bottles filled with water put in upside down to do gravity watering...then I put them in the garage with dimmer light...we'll see. Last year the zinnia and nasturtiums did well. Cosmos, not so much. I won't plant them until about May 15 or so.

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    I've started some, but not sure how viable some are. Only two different varieties of tomato have sprouted. Waiting to see if the beans and peas start.
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    From seed, growing on the sunporch, I have about 70 marigolds and 40 sunflowers. I plan to grow the marigolds outdoors... and to harvest sunflowers as microgreens to include in the next few salads, along with Lalique lettuce from my hydroponic setup.

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    Except for some tomatoes, I start everything from seed or cuttings. The past two years, I have collected seed from various places (including my yard) in the fall and now have around 200 seedlings going. Mostly natives and perennials (and a few trees) that are hard to find at nurseries and have to be stratified all winter. Veggie wise I have peas, arugula, spinach, bok choy, lettuce and chard going from seed. Only tomato I am doing from seed is the SunGold which does well here. Seed starting has become a passion for me.

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    Nope. I sometimes sow seeds directly into the garden, and this I year emptied some packets of larkspur and zinnia seeds. I do recognize those in my garden when they come up and so will do my best to avoid Rounduping them.

    I am looking for annual poppy seedlings that should be popping up about now. They, also, are unique and so should be safe from the weed spray.

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    Dado: I envision your sunporch as a rather wonderful place!

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    rosarugosa:

    I put electric radiant heat ("Warmly Yours") in the floor and installed tile flooring. A wall thermostat maintains the temperature in the floor. I set it for 72F and forget it. There is a ceiling fan which I sometimes switch on if it's colder than -15F outside. Year-round I think you would enjoy bare feet on that floor.

    The windows face East, South, and West ... mainly S. I am a booklover, and I read facing East in my reclining chair. It is nice to think about something in a book, looking at the potted plants and the art, or gazing out the windows 4 seasons of the year.

    Sometimes I would not read on the sunporch, because there is a Casio keyboard out there, being played by my dear wife or my grandson. (But if they are happy, I am happy.)

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    Ah, sounds like I was right!

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