There’s something about walking into a greenhouse and looking over a sea of green that puts the biggest smile on my face. All of those seedlings reaching up for light and sending down roots draws for me many parallels to our own lives and children.
Planting a seed in soil is in itself, simple enough. It’s the waiting that can be hard. A week goes by, then two, and you start to wonder if you placed the seed too far down or not deep enough. Maybe you overwatered it. Right when you’ve decided that there is no chance of germination and are on the cusp of digging into the cell to peak around, a small hint of green beckons from the soil. Within a month you’re swimming in seedlings. With sufficient heat they grow quite quickly.
Greenhouse seedlings, much like young children, require ample supervision to ensure they are getting the healthy start they need before being transplanted into the garden. Yet at the same time they are incredibly tough and can withstand a fair share of turbulence. It is common practice to seed two or even three seeds per cell to ensure germination. Once the first true leaves have grown, you thin out any extra seedlings in the same cell that may have germinated as well.
This is also the perfect time to transplant those extra seedlings into any empty cells that never germinated. Seedlings at this stage are very adaptable and do not yet have an established root system that can make transplanting more difficult.
Soon our seedlings will be ready to be put in the garden where they will grow and produce displays of color and abundance for everyone to enjoy. They will take on a life and character of their own, yielding a path for new seedlings to be planted in the greenhouse for future generations of Lynmar gardens.