We congregated in WV Sprout's kitchen, armed with computers, iPads and "sprouts" to enjoy an afternoon exchanging tips, tricks, and experiences. As the afternoon progressed, I observed a bustling room of ladies who were excited, focused and enthusiastic...this project of ours is turning into a learning experience on many levels...Here are some pictures that will explain more than my words can!!
|Our tutoring session on "blogging"|
|Forgetful Sprout's Hyacinth Bean had an accident by the coffee maker :(|
|Kamsprout's 4-O'Clocks and Hyacinth Beans|
|4 O'Clocks are Happy!!!|
|Does anyone know what this is?|
|Planning the transplant|
Lots of transplanting happening here! Hyacinth Bean and 4 O'Clocks are the first to move to "new homes"!
|Building a tee-pee for the Hyacinth Bean--allowing it to "vine"|
Specific plant observations:
Hyacinth Bean: Is growing very well; ranging from 12" to 32" tall. (The shorter plants have more leaves). They are ready to transplant into 4"pots, and a tee-pee is constructed to allow this plant to "vine". (See picture above)
Poppies: The Opium Poppy appears stronger and taller than the Shirley Poppy. Both Poppy's were about 1/2" to 1" tall, and still spindly...not ready for transplanting.
4 O'Clocks: were doing great and were transplanted into 3"pots.
Tips for our new sprouts and transplants:
1. Continue to "bottom water"---drain well, then sit pots on paper-towel or newspaper to soak up excess water (for 30 minutes)
2. Begin to use a water soluble fertilizer (like Miracle Grow for indoor plants). Mix 7 drops per quart of water in a container; use this for bottom watering.
Note about our Blog:
We are now organizing our "pages" into separate journals, so our individual sprouts can be followed. For example, readers can follow my hyacinth bean's journey--seed to seed--same with my Shirley poppy and spider flower, they will all have their own individual "story".