Uh….400 seedlings and counting?


100_6450 Look what my grand dog potted up today. This tired her out and she’s resting now. At one point she tasted the potting soil but it didn’t agree with her. In a few minutes, she barfed it back up. I warned her. I had already tasted it and confirmed it was awful. She potted up over 400 seeds today. The Zinnias, two types of chives, and various other garden hardy seeds will go straight in the ground. We could have planted the sunflowers outside too but the chipmunks eat them up.


There is more coming. The 80 or so seed packets I ordered from Thompson and Morgan haven’t arrived yet. MrD asked if I should have let the dog get so carried away. I don’t know, what do ya’ll think. Should a dog be in charge of ordering and planting seeds? I had nothing to do with it.

These are all sitting in too much water. I’ve got to drain them and cover them with plastic till they become seedlings. This is my garage because Copper Top isn’t ready yet. It doesn’t look like MrD will be working on it this weekend either. Rain and cold are coming in for several days. That’s Ok, we need the moisture and it is short lived.

You may have noticed I’ve been absent from the blogging world for a few days. That’s because it’s so awesomely sunny and warm outside this week. I’ve been working in the garden, walking my grand dog, and doing some Spring cleaning.

Now…..what to do with all these flowers?

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Shirley Bovshow says:

    My dog won’t go near my plants, but he wrestles with our garbage every night!

    how are you Anna? I love the fact that you grow so many of your plants. It is a small investment of time that is worth the money savings and you get the varieties you want.

    I just saw that cute doggie of yours tonight on your blog. He’s a handsome canine breed. I’ve never seen one like him. How come he hates the trash? Probably cause you throw away yummy stuff.


  2. Wanita says:

    My goodness, your granddog was very busy! Sorry he got sick eating the dirt, but at least he’ll know better next time.

    I do hope he’s as helpful when it comes to planting time for all those seedlings.

    As I said on your blog, you are funny sometimes and very witty. I do hope the grand dog is around when planting time comes too. I bet she is good at digging holes.


  3. Cinj says:

    Well, if they all thrive you could always give them away in May baskets to your neighbors on May day? It’s a good thing grand dog was in charge, you’d have probably ordered twice as many seeds.

    Since she tasted the soil did she tell you if the dirt was sweet or sour? I’ve heard of older people eating soil to test the Ph. I think I’d prefer to buy a test kit myself….
    It must have been sour cinj–and how funny of you to ask. I think I’ll buy her that game you and peanut played. I bet she’s good at computer stuff. She’s perfect you know. Aren’t all grandkids and grand dogs perfect?


  4. nola says:

    So many seedlings, you go girl! Your grand dog did a great job, do you think my dog could be trained?
    Yes, all dogs can be trained to spend money. I think there is an Idiot’s guide to dog spending habits. Check the book store. It might be sold out.


  5. Sylvia (England) says:

    Anna, I really want to start planting my seeds but we are always recommended not to plant tender plants out until end May. Here frost dates are a bit miss leading because the nights can be quite cold until end May but I usually work on Mid May as I live in South West England.

    My problem is not having adequate light to plant many seeds indoors, we don’t use lights – I never heard of using lights until I read blogs! At least you will not have any pricking out to do. Are those polystyrene cups – do you think that helps with heat retention? Is there any heat in the garage?

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)
    I’m going to wait until the end of April and you can bet I’ll be looking at the weather at least two weeks out to make sure.

    Honestly===I bought the polystyrene cups simply because they were 10 bags of 100 for $10. Some of the cups are paper coated in plastic. None will be able to transfer to the ground. I’ll take a good pair of kitchen shears out with me and cut the cups off before planting. It will be a pain but much less expensive than the peat pots which dry out easily.

    The garage isn’t heated. I’ll put a heater out there if it’s going to get below 40 degrees. I won’t need artificial light. Those two windows bring in perfect growing conditions. The sun travels through those windows from sun to sun down and slants in perfectly. I may rotate the trays every now and then if they get leggy. I’ll be running a small fan over them to move the air. That will strengthen the stems.


  6. How can you possibly count them when there are that many? My head spins–
    I know how many cups I used 😉 I’ll be thinning the seedlings to one per cup if I can bring myself to get rid of the extras.


  7. Sheila says:

    Crazy dog!
    I didn’t know she had such a green paw.


  8. Racquel says:

    A dog after my own heart, she has been busy that’s for sure! lol I can’t wait to see where you will be planting all those new additions this season. And you still have more coming, WOW! You are super gardener Anna. 🙂 Yep I’m looking forward to the rain, spring rains bring May flowers….
    Oh brother! What was my grand dog thinking. I don’t know where it’s all going either. Some will go in containers and others in the ground. Some will be chipmunk and bunny food. The deer will take a few. And….some will probably never make it to the two leaf stage.

    Some pots will have 20 seedlings in each little cup cause the grand dog doesn’t have thumbs. It’s hard to separate out the seeds without thumbs. She got to the point where she was just throwing the seeds in the air and letting them land where they pleased. But that is gardening with a dog! I don’t want her to think I’m unappreciative.


  9. Deb says:

    What a dog, wink-wink, nudge-nudge
    She’s got the credit card memorized. 3 barks for the number 4–and 5 barks for the number 7. I don’t know how the folks on the other end understand but they must have a dog interpreter on duty at all the garden centers. She never seems to have trouble being understood.


  10. Catherine says:

    Wow, that is a lot. Maybe your dog could come out here and help me? Our dog is too lazy.
    You’ll have fun seeing those all in bloom!! We’ve had snow and freezing weather here, hopefully it’ll be gone by the end of the week.
    I’ll ask my grand dog if she wants to come see you. She’ll probably say yes. She’s a sweet little lady. She’s been asleep since 7pm. The day of gardening wore her out. If she does end up coming to see you—-take lots of pictures cause she’s never gardened out of state before.

    Our high is going to be the upper 30’s on Friday and cold for the next week. NC is an unpredictable state this time of year. Never ever plant anything before the end of April outside.


  11. Jen says:

    Glad to hear that you have been enjoying the weather, we now have had pretty much everything in the last few days. Snow is still in patches, but sun is shining.

    That, is a LOT of seeds, you must have a huge garden.

    This might be a case of my eyes being bigger than my stomach. You know that old saying. I might have to give a few away. I don’t think the neighbors will mind. One sweet neighbor said I could take over her garden and she wouldn’t care one bit. I just might.

    We had that crazy kind of weather week just 5 days ago. It went from 13 degrees during that snow I posted about to over 80 on Saturday. But the weekend will bring more cold. Maybe not the kind of cold you have but it still is too cold for plants. Our last frost date is the end of April or Mother’s Day. We have extremes this time of year.


  12. linda says:

    Oh my goodness you’ve been busy Anna! er, I mean Grand dog 😉

    Glad you’re enjoying such wonderful weather! Send some up to Chicago for me, pretty please!
    Do you feel it? I sent it to ya! My son and his wife are in Mexico–they are the lucky dogs. That grand dog is something else. I made her wash her paws after the whole ordeal. She picked some good flowers for me. She seems to like the Dogwood best.


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