Here a Seed…There a Seed

We are starting our seeds…or some of them today.  The ones that need to be transplants before we put them outside, are slowly being planted in small containers.  We use fruit cups or tiny yogurt containers and punch holes in the bottom.  We use starter mix as this form of medium as it is not as dense as potting soil.  If the seeds sit for a long time in wet soil they will rot.                                                                                   This size is ideal for the wee seeds.                                                           The three type of seeds we are concerned with today are Chervil, Hamburg Parsley and Poached Egg Plants.  These seeds were sent to us from the Flowery Prose blog.  Cheryl lives in Alberta so our climates are similar.

Sunflower…does not take long to start sprouting and grows huge quickly so we will leave it till the last.

Chervil or Anthriscus cerefolium is similar to parsley. The leaves have a mild aniseed taste. Chervil has medicinal and culinary uses.  In French cuisine, it is one of the four herbs, along with chives, tarragon, and parsley, which make up the delicate bouquet “fines herbes”.                                                                Hamburg Parsley or Petroselinum crispum.  Germination may take up to three weeks.  Hamburg parsley is grown for its parsnip like root but the leaves can be used as well because they taste like parsley.  It takes 3 to 4 months for Hamburg Parsley to mature.                                                                 

Poached Egg Plant:  or Limnanthes douglasii   The poached egg plant is an annual that is  easy to grow and is recommended for children to grow as they are getting used to the thrill of gardening.. The plant usually bears white flowers with yellow centers, hence the name “poached egg plant”,                                                                        

We have started the transplants for this summer….at least some of them.  We plant the transplants outside in the first or second week of June when any chance of night frost has passed.                                                                     You know I could jump in the tray and play scatter the dirt. MOL  Oh My…did I say that out loud?  I don’t know what came over me.  I even look guilty.

Have  a spring like day.  May the clouds pee all over you! MOL.  Good grief, what makes me say these things?                                                                    

 

 

 

50 thoughts on “Here a Seed…There a Seed

  1. angelswhisper2011

    MOL MOL…May the angels be with you, Shoko…MOL 😀 Thanks for the laugh, we just needed that ❤ Good Luck with the plants! Pawkisses for a wonderful day and thank you for reading my interview on Mousebreath. You all get an Extra Pawkiss for that as it was a long read 🙂 ❤

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  2. easyweimaraner

    we will look if we can get some chervil seeds too… that sounds interesting!!! Shoko, I had the same idea like you hehehehe… and maybe I really should do that… the mama is on a militant “stay healthy”-trip with all zip&zap, with coconut oil and GSE… and me and my dad are afraid… veeeery afraid…
    btw: did you get the mail I wrote yesterday (with a copy of the mail what maybe got lost)?

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      A quick jump on the tray and I’d feel I gave the seeds my all…but mom things I should just watch them. BORING!
      I did respond to the e-mail at the time,,,I guess you never got it and I forgot what I said. I will send a chatter card tomorrow.

      Loves,

      Jean and Shoko

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  3. samanthamurdochblog

    Is there no end to your talents…gardening too! Wonderful! We have the poached egg plant, and some herbs like oregano. Never tried chervil, but I do know someone’s been digging in the roses (mentioningnonamesTING!!)
    Great post 💖😺💞💖😺💞

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Me, talented? lol…MOL Too bad the poached egg plant is an annual or is it a perennial in your mild climate? Kali has a thing for oregano so I must make sure to plant it away from the other herbs for rolling. Ting is digging in the roses….just cultivating the soil for spring. It’s all in the way you look at it.

      Jean and Shoko

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      1. samanthamurdochblog

        It seems to be a perennial, actually, unless it self-seeds. I’ve never tried mine with oregano – we do have some growing, as well as pineapple mint…and I don’t think Ting is helping to cultivate the soil…lol…more like giving it her own special brand of fertiliser..!! 🙂 xxx

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  4. weggieboy

    How brave! Growing plants with kitty cats around is a challenge sometimes because they are so curious about the taste and other aspects of the planting! (“What happens when I push these over the edge of the table…?”) I hope Shoko and Kali are good kitties till the seedlings can be transplanted into the garden. Do you have banana slugs where you live?

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      The coast ( around Vancouver) is great for the banana slugs that grow like humongous. If we have slugs they are tiny…a bit bigger than my thumb nail. The climate is very dry here so they tend not to grow robust but on some wet years they can be abundant. Never like Vancouver though. Shoko is pretty good with the little transplants and Kali could care less what I’m doing fiddling with dirt. If I had treats….different story.

      Jean

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  5. Princess Leah

    Oh how exciting waiting fur the seeds to grow…i hear new shoots are VERY tasty!
    (just remember not to get caught) I’m quite partial to a nibble of Mum’s herb garden, this time of year chives are my favourite, hehe
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Hey, Princess Leah. Chives are nummy. Mom has some garlic chives in the garden. They don’t taste quite as good as the plain ones she used to have but worth a nibble. Of course, it’s the only herb in the garden right now so not much choice. The tulips are starting to form heads but they are pretty so no chewing here. I wonder if we have oregano this year. Kali loves it and will roll all over it. MOL

      Loves,

      Shoko

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  6. Photofinland by Rantasalot

    You have already seeds growing, we are not yet started. This snowing makes us all crazy here. Shoko, you may think aloud, but that’s w all do. Mom tries to find out what is that poached egg plant in finnish.
    Have a nosnowday, my frieds.
    Kosmo and mom.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Some years are slower than others here too. This year it’s still ‘iffy’ outside for seeds yet. Our big planting weekend is May 24th That’s when Shoko and I crawl back inside in the evening after a full day of planting.

      Loves,

      Jean

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  7. onespoiledcat

    Oh how lovely that it’s time to start your little seeds for your garden!! You always have such a beautiful garden too – My Mom has one lonely tomato plant (NOT grown from seed!) and that’s her “vegetable garden” for this year. Not very adventurous is she?!?!?!

    Love, Teddy

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      A garden is a lot of work and your mom and you are so busy with Cat Scouts, your blog and generally chattering with your friends …there is no time left. One tomato plant is enough. I don’t grow mine from seed either. I would have to start them in February and the cat sitter always forgets to water so the tomatoes would be dead. Buying full grown tomatoes and peppers is the way to go in this climate.

      Loves,
      Shoko and Jean.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Do experiment Bear and Momma. You are in an ideal location for growing. We even thought of moving to the island. We may still move as the winter’s are so very long. Is there a water restriction in summer? We have the odd and even day depending on house number.

      Loves Jean and Shoko

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  8. Nylabluesmum

    Mew mew mew there iss a ‘Nellie’ sorta Angel or maybe littul Devil on yur shoulder!!! Mee wood have dug thee dirt fur sure….
    LadyMum finkss yur Mumma iss a Geeneuss fur usin thee yoh-gurt cuppiess fur startin potss….
    Efurryone there has green pawss fur sure….unlike mee LadyMum with a sorta blue thumm, mew mew mew…..
    ***Hi-5’sss*** Cuss-inn Dharth Henry =^,.^=

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Mom is a little cheap and thinks of ways to get around paying more for tiny pots we’ll just rip apart to get the transplants. We’ll start more plants today as mom ate more yogurt. MOL

      Shoko

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  9. Deziz World

    Oh Shoko, you look so cute. We didn’t know dat ’bout Parsley. Those sure are some really cool roots there. And we luv those cute little cups ya’ll are usin’. We’re never seen anythin’ like dat befur. We sure do hope your garden does well. Big hugs fur all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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      1. Deziz World

        Dirt maggots???!!! Yuck, we’ve never heard of those either. Can’t wait to hear what your mommy thinks ’bout da roots. Big hugs

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Raena

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      2. The Canadian Cats Post author

        Maggots are common in the the soil. There are several different types. However, when they chow down on the veggies…they are not welcome. All my turnips were eaten by maggots last year. That’s why I’m putting the parsley root in the greenhouse.

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      3. Deziz World

        OMC Mommy just made a really funny face. And she said she’s kind’a glad she doesn’t like veggies. MOL She’s really grateful fur da Aerogarden so she can grow lettuve without worryin’ ’bout any dirt maggots. Big hugs

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Raena

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  10. databbiesotrouttowne

    kali N shoko….nellie iz lookin bee ewe tee uz az all wayz 😉 ♥♥ N we wood like a order oh hamburger now pleez; hope allz well N wavez two cow kitty when ya see him again ♥♥☺☺

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Yep, Nellie was makin’ Shoko feel and say strange things…gotta love that Nellie Bellie. I tried growing steak year before last. I planted two pieces of filet mignons. In August there was nothing so I dug them up and the maggots had eaten most of the meat. Yuck!

      When I see you again we’ll go to Burger King and pork out on the double cheeseburger.

      Shoko

      PS Cow Kitty is over everyday but dad won’t let him in as he tries to scare me.

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      The plants are different here too. When I was in the States most peep seemed to have bushes or hedges that flower. Is most of the States like this or do many people plant flowers too. I never really saw many flowers. Up here the nurseries seem to love petunias and for many years petunias were the most of nursery plants around here. It’s gradually changed over the years.

      Jean

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Shoko and I were out looking at the catnip from last year and I can’t see anything there. Although Shoko was rolling on the sticks left over from last year. I think it may be time for a new batch of nip. Kali smelled her birthday present as I’ve come back from the plant nursery. Shhh….but I got Kali some oregano.

      Jean

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  11. mariodacat

    Poached Egg Plant??? We are so happy you included a picture because it was congering up all sorts of pictures in M’s head. he he It really has a pretty flower. We don’t usually plant until after Memorial weekend here either because we can still get a hard frost. Of course, we don’t have a garden anymore since we live in senior housing. Happy planting!

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