Seedling Progress and a Happy Weekend Wish!

Yes indeed.  Happy Weekend everyone!

I don’t have any homework for you this weekend but I do have a glimpse into what you have to look forward to next week on The Art of Doing Stuff.  Because for once in my life I actually know what I’m doing on the website next week.  Well, I know of 3 posts anyway.  I’m hoping the rest come to me in a vision.

It’s a real crapshoot coming up with Stuff to talk about.  Sometimes I plan it out, sometimes I randomly decide to do a post on something and other times I stare at my feet and wonder why I can’t find inspiration in my toes.  Why?  Why can’t I find inspiration down there?  And then I notice I need to sweep the floor and commence to do a post on sweeping the floor.

3 weeks ago I introduced you to the big, bad world of growing your own vegetables from seed!

Like any proud mother I couldn’t help showing off a few pictures of my toddlers.

After just 3 weeks in a windowsill and very little care at all on my part, this is what has transpired …


Luffah Plants


Cherry Tomatoes

{ Sweet Baby Girl }


Jalapeno Peppers


Next week I’m gonna walk you through the process of repotting these little things. If you haven’t started your own seeds yet there’s still time. If you do it today.  As soon as you’re finished reading this post.

As a general rule you’re supposed to start seeds 6-8 weeks before you can plant them outside.  As a general rule you can plant them outside once the danger of frost has passed.  As a general rule I think red and pink go perfectly together.  And yes, that was a total non-sequetor in case you were trying to make sense of it.

Basically, it’s your life and your seeds so you can plant them whenever you want.  But if you plant them now you’ll have a better chance of getting mature vegetables to eat.

Next week I’ll also have the final edition of the Pool Noodle Moss Wreath for you.  I think it’s a perfect combination of,

The Mushroom Wreath

and the Peep Wreath


A little bit contemporary/organic and a little bit traditional.  And it doesn’t include a Peep or a Portobello.  It does however, include something else that starts with P … a Pancreas.  Can’t get more organic than that.

Have a good weekend everyone!


  1. Adrienne Audrey says:

    Well it snowed here in northern Washington state a little today which was a huge surprise since it’s APRIL! So hopefully the last frost has finally passed. I still need to start my tomato seeds and sweet peas this weekend.
    Happy Weekend!

  2. KoadToad says:

    LOL. Alas, I have no garden space, here… Apartments. And the community garden space would be mostly useless since I’d be moving before harvest time–late July.
    I’m all for living vicariously through other people’s jalapeños, though. So keep the photo updates coming! Also, is there some trick to those? ‘Cuz the one time I tried they ended up tasting less like spicy peppers and more like just… peppers. Which I’m not that keen on.
    ANYWAY, yay!

  3. pve says:

    I love the show and tell side of you. Look at those little plants!

  4. Sherry says:

    Happy Weekend to you to, friend! Always love reading your posts — you give me a tickle every day. Curious… what is a luffah plant? And I love, love, love that adorable peep wreath! Clevah girl.

  5. Fifthroom Living says:

    The seedlings look fantastic! You go, Karen!

    Fifthroom Living

  6. Liz S. says:

    So happy to see my name at the top of the post!

    I am trying to convice myself to do some container gardens. My only problems is my back yard gets a ton of direct sunlight and there is no shade what so ever. It gets extremly hot back there. I guess I could put the containers in the front yard, but I don’t have as much room there.

    • Karen says:

      Liz S. – Don’t forget your vegetables need at least 8 hours of sun a day so it might not be a problem provided you can keep the containers from drying out. If you’re worried about the plants burning you could MacGyver a sun filter over the plants with some sheer material. It’ll diffuse the light enough to stop the burning but allow enough light in for growth. Or you could put the pots in the front yard. 🙂 ~ karen

    • Pam'a says:

      There are plants that will take all the sun they can get, and if you amend your soil with Hydrasorb (stuff that looks like ground-up plastic that absorbs many times its weight in water), they’ll be quite content. Try some succulents! Like jade plants, cactus, etc. Generally, the fatter/fleshier the leaves on a plant, the better they can withstand dry conditions. 🙂

      • Karen says:

        Pam’a – I don’t think you can eat a cactus. For the most part anyway. 🙂 I think Liz. S wants to grow vegetables, but I could be mistaken. I’ve seen the Hydrasorb. It’s REALLY expensive. As far as I can tell, it’s the same thing disposable diapers are filled with. I’d take one of those apart, chop it up and give it a shot. ~ karen

      • Pam'a says:

        Oh! And thanks for the howdy, Karen! 🙂

  7. Trysha says:

    So…lets say one has a large dog who likes to dig but not enough of a green thumb to fence off a garden area but has a desire to grow something simple, say cilantro and jalapenos. Can this be done inside? Like in a sun room. How important is the “outdoor” part of gardening? lol

  8. Larita says:

    What the heck? I’ve had tomato and pepper seeds germinating on my windowsill for 3 weeks and only have four scrawny little tomato sprouts. How on earth did you end up with giant PLANTS?

    • Karen says:

      Larita – If your seeds aren’t sprouting and growing the way they should it’s possible your seeds are too old or they aren’t getting enough warmth and sun. Make sure they’re in the sunniest window you have! Also check your seed packs to see if there is a “germination” time on them. Some pepper plants take a while to germinate. ~ karen

  9. Denise says:

    My loofah’s look the very same! I’m going to put them in the ground or a huge planter I havethis weekend. Both sites are good for climbers. I moved my staghorn on driftwood to a better location where none of it gets the direct afternoon sun. I found a cool pic of a wreath made out of butcher paper I’d like to try, but it looks difficult..and no peeps or mushrooms.. 🙁

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