fall has come and my growing seed season is over. This thread is the sequel to my other thread how to sprout seed...
i have no clue where to start on this so i guess i will start with what i grew. at the end i will sum up how i grew each batch of seed
i started off trying to grow red and white millet (aka whats in their Higgins supreme parakeet blend) and flax. the flax was just the regular stuff from the store. later i grew oats and spray millet.
i grew several batches and found out what works best.
first time this year: i think i started it a little too early..
starting with sprouting
after it sprouted for a day or two, i planted it and i kept it out of the sun so it wouldn't dry up so fast.
the flax, which did not show signs of sprouting prior to planting
i think i took pics every other day or when there was significant growth
as you can see, not all of them grew, i did spread them pretty heavily in the planter. oh, and i am using just an average porch box, the long thin ones
the flax started to grow
fast forward a bit and the grass is coming up good
the flax has several leaves
a while later, the flax shot up and the grass stayed very short
Flax flowers! they are very small and delicate and only were blooming for a few hours before they died
a seed pod, a bud, and a flower about to bloom
i didn't get a pic of the dried flax seed pods, but the seeds did develop!
meanwhile my millet seeds were coming out.
i started picking them when they were still green and the Cherubs love them
as you might notice, the grass really didn't get any taller, which was pretty disappointing. since it wasn't the greatest height, i picked most of the seed when it was green
green sprays are white millet and black tipped sprays are red millet- not totally dried
when i started that batch of seed, i also started some millet (as in the treat). sprouting it was weird and it took a lot longer. only a few had tails
it took forever to gain height
when it grew sprays, they were really small. i just let them dry and then i picked them and gave the fids a treat
also, eventually the oats in the seed mix grew. the birds were sure what it was buy my rabbit loved them! in my bigger batch, the oats grew much better
Take two! using what i learned from the first batch (i.e. it was very sparse) i took it up a notch and found an old recycling bin. this time i was shooting deeper soil for the plants to grow. i already pre sprouted the seed mix and millet. this time i also decided to use a green house method
those planter trays that hold plants
and cover and clothes pin. the air can flow in the front and back
in the porch box, i started flax, oat and some stray red/white millet
at first the seed in the orange bin grew nicely, then i believe it got a little moldy even with the cover off, and eventually it died off. the spray millet grew great! ( it was on the left side separated from the other millet)
this is a comparison of the millet seedling from the orange box (the seedlings were still to crowded despite the deeper soil) to the stray millet seedlings from the flax and oat box. one is thin and the others are nice and big
fast forward. the red and white millet in the orange box died, but the spray millet took over. the stray seeds from the last picture grew amazingly tall and had lots of seed! i was very excited
they were over a foot tall!
that tall stuff is all of the spray millet!!
developing seeds (which were good size sprays compared to the last ones)
white millet after harvest
the cherubs loved it!!
this was the average size of the millet from this batch. i did have a few bigger ones that i don't have pictures of.
with the smaller sprays from that batch, i picked them and put them in my sink mat forager (diy in one of my threads) and watch them forage
to sum up the two batches...
pre sprouted seeds
small shallow planter
many seeds per square inch
partial to full sun
short grass with few seeds
pre sprouted seeds
'greenhouse' for the first week or so
partial sun on spray millet, full sun on flax, oat and stray millet seeds
after sprouting, plant the seeds one by one so there is room in between them, don't sprinkle over the dirt - though that did work for the spray millet oddly enough
keep the seeds watered, especially if out in the sun
i think it would be ok to use a "greenhouse" when they are first growing, as long as air can get in
next year i think i will start seeds in 6-packs and then transplant them into the garden or a pot.
i hope this helped!!