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I love rain water. I haul it from a garbage can to my GH and use it to water my plants. No chlorine, fluoride, calcium. PH is good. If the plants are in containers with holes in the bottom, the potting mix will let excess water drain, after the roots get their fill.

Rain might keep us from getting into the garden but it won't hurt seedlings!

Mike

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if they are "babies", then they obviously aren't that old. If you have room, plant some more in pots or in ground and have them outside from the beginning. They will grow when they are ready to grow. Seedlings are tougher than a lot of people think. I mean, they aren't going to survive an ice storm. Not insulting you for asking at all, but for the low cost and the young age of your seedlings, it will be a cheap backup plan. Good luck.

At least its not 35 degrees and you don't have 12" seedlings that are a month old!

On a side note I want to share something that made me chuckle. I was at a buddies house the other day and we were staring at his garden, of course bickering and busting each others chops over the usual..."I will pick the first mater", "My taters are way bigger than yours", "My twine pole bean trellis works way better than your wire one". haha.....anyway, about a half hour before we noticed that where he had his corn this year, there were volunteer plants popping up all around. Apparently he timed his watermelons wrong last year and ended up with more than he could give away. So many rotted away....and were coming up this year....and the plants were healthy looking. I swear not a half hour after we looked and discussed the volunteers popping up, he was giving me this big explanation about how he waits til the last week of may to plant his WM's, and I had planted mine way too early. I pointed toward his corn and said, "obviously not, because you have 200 watermelons that look real good Ed!" The argument ended there......I stopped by this morning and he showed me where he transplanted about 20 of the plants, and tilled the rest under. I told Ed, "Ed, aint it a lil early for watermelons??" :twisted:

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Ehheeh @ the story :D

And thanks everyone for your input. There will be no more seed starting for me, as seedlings inside the house, and seedlings on the front porch in pots, apparently don't look all that neat and need to be limited to the back of the house. Grrr.

Either way, they're outside for their first full day, today, so we'll see how they are when I get back- and how they survive when I get back!

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Without sounding too serious, let me just say you have every right to your hobbies and interests and people in your life need to respect that.

When my DH starts complaining about my gardening projects, I tell him to go fishing more and offer worms out of my compost piles and worm bin :lol:

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applestar wrote:Without sounding too serious, let me just say you have every right to your hobbies and interests and people in your life need to respect that.

When my DH starts complaining about my gardening projects, I tell him to go fishing more and offer worms out of my compost piles and worm bin :lol:
Have no fear- I know, and that was part of my reason for giving my notice and trying to move, but my roommate loves having me there and really doesn't want me to move. His parents denied having an issue with having me there, so now it's a waiting game to see. I can't really address the issue without him getting caught in the middle, and i can't do that to him.

Yes, there are a few bags of soil outside, maybe a tomato cage or too, and a few 18 gallon bins with plants in them, but it's a home that's lived in like a home. My stuff isn't nearly as distracting as the house next door with all the kids toys in the yards. But, well, i guess we'll find out next season as to if it's still going to be a problem!

I guess the thing is, i want to expand- i want to have rain barrels, and a bigger garden, so i can plant more things- i would love to have some hens for eggs, etc. I just don't have the room to do this here- I'm hoping to find a place nearby my current where i can expand as much as I want, without having to worry!

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If you do have to stay there longer than expected (say, until harvest?), I hope these people don't expect to EAT any of your hard-won veggies. :twisted:

You might start preparing by checking out a copy of The Bountiful Container (McGee & Stuckey) from your local library. Those little seedlings will need bigger homes soon, if everything works out, and permanent homes, if your housing plans don't....

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cynthia_h wrote:If you do have to stay there longer than expected (say, until harvest?), I hope these people don't expect to EAT any of your hard-won veggies. :twisted:

You might start preparing by checking out a copy of The Bountiful Container (McGee & Stuckey) from your local library. Those little seedlings will need bigger homes soon, if everything works out, and permanent homes, if your housing plans don't....

Cynthia H.
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I think I'm going to take a chance, and plant them in my current garden boxes. It's going to be crowded, but i've got no other choice! Hopefully everything by then will be tall enough, the crawling plants won't crawl up them to much and can crawl on the fence instead..

Will pick up a copy of the book, too :D

and my roommate isn't a veggie fan :shock:

so it's mostly mine, but maybe i'll get him to eat a few along the way. I never thought i'd have to choose between housing, and gardening. I love this place and it has everything, but...

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SPierce wrote: I never thought i'd have to choose between housing, and gardening. I love this place and it has everything, but...
Yeah. That sure came out of the blue, didn't it? Ka-BAM. :shock:

Cynthia

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cynthia_h wrote:
SPierce wrote: I never thought i'd have to choose between housing, and gardening. I love this place and it has everything, but...
Yeah. That sure came out of the blue, didn't it? Ka-BAM. :shock:

Cynthia
So, so hard :(

Got home tonight, and they didn't look too good. I hid them in the bathtub of one of the bathrooms no one goes into to rest, so i guess i'll see what they look like in the morning~

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As dorky as it sounds, everyone please keep my little guys in your prayers! I took a look at both of them today and though not fully grown or even close, both of them were already close to root bound- so i had to put 2 out of the 6 affected seedlings in the ground- in a place i didn't expect to have to put them, i don't have their space ready yet, and they aren't really hardened enough to go out yet, either.

For better or worse, I'm going to find out whether or not i have pumpkins this year when I get back! The rest i put in a white bag, as suggested, in hopes they make it through!

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