Signs of growth after two short weeks and I'm ecstatic! We have showered our seeds with love, water that has been warmed in the sun, and I believe the warm weather has also been a contributing factor in their quick germination. After five days, we had a few little leaves popping out of the ground. Four days later, we were surprised with even more growth.
I'm constantly surprised at how little I know about where my food comes from and this experimental garden is fast becoming more to me than just a side project. I think about my grandfather's garden in the middle of a concrete jungle in the Bronx and how lucky I was that his garden thrived and that I was able to take part in caring for it. I daydream about the afternoons we spent tending to his tomatoes or winter melons. My thoughts turn to the present and the amount of pride my grandmother takes in continuing that garden, how she takes so much pleasure in being able to provide all of her family with this massive pumpkins and squashes which are so delicious, and how she meticulously collects seeds from the 'best' produce for next year. I truly hope their green thumb has been passed down to me. And so far it's looking good. A little over two weeks after planting, I was stunned.
In other news, something that would have made life a lot easier in the beginning of this process was the knowledge that you could purchase Mel's Mix online and at certain retail stores. Had I known I probably would have purchased it since we were in a bind and couldn't replicate it ourselves. What is Mel's Mix? Well so far it's treated me pretty darn good ... Here's my two cents.