Sprouts!

So now I’ve got sprouts happening. 

I checked the glass at home, and 5 out of 7 soybeans have sprouted. OK, they’re viable. That means that, in addition to watering the edamame today, I’ve got to plant the soybeans that I started soaking last night (just to give them a start on growing.On my way out to the garden, I stopped by East End Garden Centre, and bought myself a watering can and a bag of vermiculite. More on the vermiculite later.Here’s what I was met with at the garden plot — edamame sprouts! The cotyledons are above ground for more than half of them.I can guess at which of the little plantlets are the edamame based on the spacing.I should have used the technique from “Square Foot Gardening” that really helps identify sown seed. Where you want to plant a seed, partially fill the hole with vermiculite. Water it. Plant the seed. Fill the rest of the hole with vermiculite. Water again.Vermiculite gives the seed a good growing medium to start in, and it’s *really* obvious compared to the soil. The plants should be easily identified: they’re the ones in the middle of the pile of vermiculite! As you can see, I used that technique today when I planted the soybeans. A few rows here, a couple over here, one long one in the middle… lots of walking space around the plants.48 plants of soybeans in all — dunno what I’ll do with the beans, if they actually grow! I want them mostly for their nitrogen-fixing ability.That’s it for today — time to go eat some dinner (hmm… boiled and salted edamame? Nah, think I’ll go for gourmet pizza tonight).

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