Look at All My Babies

Going to be a good crop this summer, I know it.

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  1. 1
    stinger says:

    Looking good, especially that big basil plant. What all is in the seed starter cells?

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    Mary G says:

    Can’t wait to see your first real garden in your new back yard!

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    satby says:

    Sunday garden threads will soon be starting, so we’ll be expecting to see some garden pictures 😉

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    different-church-lady says:

    How the hell you got that much basil on March 2?

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    frosty says:

    Nice work! I haven’t graduated to starting seedlings. I either plant the seeds in the ground (lettuce, beans, squash, etc) or buy seedlings (tomatoes, peppers). One of these days, everything from seeds.

    “But it will not be this day” — Aragorn

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    Elizabelle says:

    Just beautiful.

    Internet just back. Winds knocked it (and cable) out for a few hours.

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    LesGS says:

    Seeing coddled seedlings always reminds me of my early ’80s college days, and my boyfriend starting up a bunch of pot plants under a growing lamp in his dorm room. They were at the foot of his bunk bed and doing very well. Then one day he climbed into his top bunk with a glass of water in his hand. He slopped it, spilling onto the lamps, which cause the light-bulbs to explode, shredding the poor little baby plants.

    A sad day.

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    cbear says:

    Glad to see you’re putting those overalls to good use, Cole.
    Hoe that row and tote that bale, brother.

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    p.a. says:

    Anyone have luck with cilantro? I buy plants, and they bolt as I’m packing the soil around them 😕

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    Mike J says:

    @p.a.: I just buy Dawn liquid. Gets the dishes cleaner.

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    rikyrah says:

    Go Cole.
    You Are Going To Rock It😄

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    Mary G says:

    @p.a.: It grows fine for us here in SoCal in the winter, when it’s cooler. Above a fairly low threshold of heat it bolts no matter what we do.

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    rikyrah says:

    Cat 🐱 watching a horror movie



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    p.a. says:

    @Mike J: Read this 3 times before I got it.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mike J: That’s how I feel, too.

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    My cymbidiums have some pods up, but the wind shook a few off this week 😢

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    John, I can’t grow anything, but I do love reading the weekly garden threads. You would seem to be a prime candidate. Hope to see you Sunday morning. Your little seedlings are beautiful and life-affirming.

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    eclare says:

    @rikyrah: Poor kitty! Of course, I had the same reaction to that movie scene.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    That’s hilarious! Laughed until I wept!

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    smike says:

    @p.a.: The plant bolts when the soil warms up, usually into the 80s. If you live in the south the seasons about over.

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    Another Scott says:

    @rikyrah: rofl!


    (The original apparently is from “happycatfamily” on Instagram.)


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    @p.a.: I would only grow cilantro from seed. It bolts for pretty much no reason at all. If you want it all summer, sow it every week or two. The bolted plants are always good for the compost heap.

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    zanamu says:

    so much basil!

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    Jay says:


    Bolting isn’t triggered by heat, it’s triggered by hours of sunlight.

    Any “crop” suceptable to “bolting” can be easily managed with shade cloth.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    I may end up stealing these pics for Sunday’s Garden Chat.

    Raised beds in your new garden, right? *Much* easier on aging joints!

    (I pretty much gave up growing basil when I discovered that Trader Joe’s pesto is “good enough” for our taste buds. The sunny space for half a dozen herb plants now hosts another couple of tomato root pouches.)

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    Jay says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Nope, grow Basil, but not for pesto.

    Take some good heritage Tomato’s, like Krim’s, and slice them up.

    Place them on a plate, cover with soft provone cheese, chopped fresh basil,

    Salt and pepper, drizzle with balsamic vinigar and good olive oil.

    When at room temp, devour.

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    cosima says:

    I got a Vietnamese Coriander/Cilantro plant last summer, and it is fab. It’s got all of the coriander/cilantro goodness, but with a hot bite. Definitely an interesting add to lots of dishes. Right now the plant is covered in well over 1 foot of snow, and I hope it makes a comeback when the snow goes away.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    I think this is fabricated (the cat is being stimulated by something other than Bernard Herrmann’s music and Hitch’s great suspense direction), but it’s hilarious nonetheless!

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    Gvg says:

    30 years ago they said cats couldn’t watch TV because cats eyes saw better than humans and to them the pictures were a bunch of dots and not recognizable. It did seem like my cats never watched nor did my friends. Now TV’s keep getting higher and higher resolutions and cats do watch.

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    tybee says:

    @p.a.: it’s a winter crop around here but it does not tolerate the once a decade hard freeze.

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    Mary Ellen Sandahl says:

    Dispute the notion that cats can’t see identifiable objects on tv. No one who saw our late goddess, Miss Piggy, zeroing in for at least 15 minutes on a fantasy movie which featured the skittering of mice filmed in closeup, would think she was seeing meaningless dots. Those were the concentrating orbs of a working predator. This was a good 12 yrs ago, so no new tech was involved

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