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Kazakh apples

Although started with 125 Kazakh apple seeds, I now have only two healthy seedlings. That's a bad ratio...

There were five batches of seeds--five different strains--each with 25 seeds. Two strains took a v-e-r-y long time to put out roots, and so I only put into potting soil maybe five or six of each of those--so that cut down quite a bit on my numbers. Two strains were pretty good rooters, and I put maybe nine to twelve seeds from those groups into potting soil. The remaining strain must have been in between; I'd have to check my notes.

I was bad about getting them into soil. They put out roots, and I left them lying on just the wet paper towels for too long--so some of them probably were stressed out from that. And maybe the potting soil, which I mixed up myself based on an online recipe, was not so good--I might have been better off with a store-bought mix. But still--how bad can all of that be compared with trying to seed yourself in the wild??

I just hope at least these two pull through.

Some things just won't wait--if you put them off, you miss your chance. That's a hard fact that I hate facing. For example, if you wait too long to put seeds in the ground, you're just not going to get any tomatoes/cucumbers/zucchini/soybeans--whatever it is you're planting. And other things, too. I keep on wanting to try to gather up the pollen from cattails, which supposedly is great mixed with flour and made into pancakes--but I always miss the time when the cattail is "in bloom" so to speak, so I never get the pollen. (Cattails are just now sprouting for this year's growing. I might try digging up the root of one, since it's supposed to be nutritious and tasty, and see what it's like... though probably catching it now, just when it's sprouting, is the worst time--like eating potatoes when the eyes have started sprouting.) And the frogs. I saw them the other day, all peeping away, and wanted to go back with binoculars, but haven't yet, and before you know it, they'll have finished mating and won't congregating in large numbers and singing anymore... or will they? Maybe they sing all summer? But then why are they called spring peepers? Not sure about that...

Some things, though, it's never too late for. You can wait a long time to write a letter, too long it seems, but then you write it, and the person who gets it is really happy--even though it took you so long. I'm happy when I get a letter like that!


Apr. 15th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
I hate it when I post and it gets gobbled up in cyberspace.

I wrote something really witty (I'm sure!) and now I have no idea where it is.

Suffice to say - you garden?? Very cool!
Apr. 15th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, that happened to my husband too--he wrote a super long post and it just went poof and was no more. He was so mad. I've been lucky so far, but ... shudder... I know it will happen to me one day.

I like to garden, but I'm always late with stuff and letting stuff die... it's sad... so my solution is to grow very very easy things (perennials and weeds, mainly--but attractive weeds)... and then tons of vegetables so that at least one or two pull through in spite of my neglect.

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