Transplanting in the Headhouse

Posted by Francesca

After we toured the seedlings growing in the greenhouse, we found Ryan busy at work in the headhouse.  Ryan was carefully separating tiny seedlings and replanting them in individual plugs.  It was quite fascinating to watch.

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GK, There's Ryan hard at work.  Let's find out what he's doing.

1 GK, There's Ryan hard at work. Let's find out what he's doing.

GK, this is all new to you, but I can speak from experience that he's transplanting seedlings that he himself started from seed.

2 GK, this is all new to you, but I can speak from experience that he's transplanting seedlings that he himself started from seed.

First he sprinkled the seeds in a rectangular flat filled with growing medium.

3 First he sprinkled the seeds in a rectangular flat filled with growing medium.

Once those seeds sprout and start to grow, Ryan carefully separates the plants and puts them into individual growing containers.

4 Once those seeds sprout and start to grow, Ryan carefully separates the plants and puts them into individual growing containers.

You see, GK, Ryan says it's best to do this when the plants are small, like these, because they actually handle the shock of transplanting quite well.

5 You see, GK, Ryan says it's best to do this when the plants are small, like these, because they actually handle the shock of transplanting quite well.

It's quite labor-intensive but not all seeds sprout and if he planted one seed per plug, he'd have some that would be empty.

6 It's quite labor-intensive but not all seeds sprout and if he planted one seed per plug, he'd have some that would be empty.

You're very patient and very good at this, Ryan.

7 You're very patient and very good at this, Ryan.

This jar contains lavender seeds that Martha's father harvested from his own lavender plants in 1964!  That was a long time ago.

8 This jar contains lavender seeds that Martha's father harvested from his own lavender plants in 1964! That was a long time ago.

You say that if you plant them they'll actually germinate because the seeds have been kept air-tight all these years?

9 You say that if you plant them they'll actually germinate because the seeds have been kept air-tight all these years?

That's just so amazing to me!

10 That's just so amazing to me!

Martha's father's legacy will live on in lavender plants.

11 Martha's father's legacy will live on in lavender plants.

So you can drop them one by one, like this.

12 So you can drop them one by one, like this.

Or you can use this handy little seed sower to sprinkle them.  I can't wait to see this lavender sprout!  Won't Martha be so happy?

13 Or you can use this handy little seed sower to sprinkle them. I can't wait to see this lavender sprout! Won't Martha be so happy?

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  • Good morning Franny, Sharkey, GK and Glue Squad members,
    That seems like so much work planting those seedlings but I bet Ryan enjoys it. Thank you ladies, for teaching us and GK all about seedlings and that is really special that Martha has the seeds from her father. It is like he is still with her. Very kool.
    How did everyone make out over the weekend? Kirby and Missy Chow, I hope you got good reports from the vet. Zoe, we will miss you this week. Rebel, spinach? We're you going for the Popeyes thing? Ruby, did you enjoy your trout? Delia and Kitty, try again with the I Pad. I used Karen's with no problem. Dudley, how are things on Pudget Sound?
    Abby, James Dean, Molly and Jake, Lucy, Martha, Riley and Baby Favor how was your weekend? Cora-Belle, tell me, did you get away with no sweater vest this winter? Maybe Lucinda could make you one out of chiffon and lace for the spring time. Hehehehehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox
    PS -Lookin good GK

  • Good morning G.K. & Frannie,
    We're trying to get "Springy" here. Wow, 1964, that's is really something. Was Ryan even born yet? I know those seeds are really important to Martha, what a great legacy. Mimi has taken down all the paper snowflakes & bought some seeds. She says we'll be planting some seeds now & some outside. I'm not going to complain, but we had the sunshine for 1 day and now more snow. I should be happy that it seems we are out of the drought.
    Sure hope everybody had a great weekend. Hey, Ruby, does Dad take the bones out of those fish?
    I'll check back later to see what's up.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    On Saturday it started to sleet a little. Boy was I excited! But it didn’t snow and the sleet stopped in just a few minutes. That sure did bring hope of snow, but alas, it didn’t snow one flake. Oh well, maybe next time. My vet visit was good with only one problem; I have a spot on me that is a melanoma. They took a small sample and checked it; it’s a cancer and will be coming off on Friday. All I can say is that things happen. Now the good news, I may be taking some medicine which stops the itching of my skin. I went three hours yesterday without biting my feet or tail. Now that is good news.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Girls, G.K., and Glue Squad Buddies,
    It looks quite the time planting all those seeds for veggies and flowers. I am not the vegetable eater Mom would like. She caught on to me taking my apple bites and veggies outside and leaving them for the birds. Darn---caught in the act.!! I will miss Zoe this week, but I know there will be T.P. stories. Rebel, my Dad always filets the fish. He has us all spoiled by no bones. I got to eat a trout over several days, cooked of course, with my regular food. Yummo!! Then I had an old Ruby incident last night, and the folks scolded me. It has been a long time since one of those growl times. I just tell them it is alien Ruby, and the real Ruby was taken for a few minutes. They aren't buying that one. Kirby, your cancer stuff scares me. I hope it will get gone when they cut it out. But it is good, the meds are helping the itching. Maddox, how is Mama Karen feeling? Maybe she could get the name of your anti-itch medicine Kirby for her shingles. Molly and Jake how is California these days? Are you surfing dogs? I hope it gets to be Spring for all those that are tired of winter, but for Kirby and I, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Have a GEM of a day, and hugs, to Abby, Jimmy, Kitty, Missy, Dudley,Baby Favor, Riley, Martha and Lucy, Sonya, Mama Delia and all my buddies. Anyone who hasn't e-mailed Mom your birthday, send it off, care of me, the party planner. Hehehehehehehe!!
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Golly gee! I am so happy to see all three of you great buddies together again and all three of you look so wonderful this morning! Sure would love to be there with you watching terrific Ryan repotting all of those great plants in the headhouse! I love those lavender seeds that Martha's Dad harvested in 1964 and I'm sure she will love the plants, too! You sure show us great things about planting and I can't wait until Mom can plant, also! Be sure to tell Laura Happy Birthday for Mom and me!!! Maddox, we had almost spring like weather this past weekend and it was so enjoyable! Hope you have great weather, also! Rebel, sure glad you had a bit of sunshine and hope the snow stops real soon! Kirby, sorry about your melanoma and hope it goes away ASAP! So glad your itching is stopping! Do you go back to the vet on Friday? Sure hope all the rest of you buddies are doing well! Will check back later! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Good Morning everyone, another Monday, the first one in March! where does the time go?!
    GK, Franny and Sharkey you guys look adorable watching Ryan do his job...I never realized that seeds can be planted from that time if you keep them airtight...I always got mold in my airtight containers...hope the Lavender grows beautifully and make mommie Martha happy.
    Kirby dear, I'm glad you found your spot early and have it taken off...best of luck with the procedure. :-)
    Yes, Maddox I will try using the iPad again, maybe it was something on my end ;-(

    Happy Monday everyone!
    Hugs
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello Maddox, Sharkey, G.K., Francesca, Dudley, Fish eating Ruby and all my glue squad buddies,
    Well what nice seed transplanting work. Sharkey and G.K. seem very interested, maybe Franny was just tired. The lavender will be beautiful and fragrant, nice to continue the plant tradition. My great gran papa loved hasta plants so we have one planted from a seedling of his original plant. It thrives each year. I saw tiny shoots poking out of the ground and snowdrops today! C'mon SPRING!
    We wondered if Martha has any new baby chickens in the spring at the farm??? She has such beautiful chickens and many types of eggs as a result.
    Kirby, glad the vet found your skin spot early so it can be removed. Rebel, gald you are feeling better. Hope Kitty you are out on a fun spring adventure today.
    Abby got into a wee bit of trouble on Sunday, did something indoors that was supposed to be outside. Doggy alzheimers, or she just hates snow on her feet. Luckily, I have a litter box. hehehehe
    Anybody getting ready for St.Pat's day?? We have shamrocks around the house now.
    Top of the morning to all my glue squad buddies- James Byron Dean

  • ..good to see you all together poking about the greenhouse..Lucinda has seeds from 15 years ago..she is an old farmer... has been freezing seeds for years..Kirby, glad you are not itching and be gone nasty cancer..I have a HUGE fatty tumor hanging down from my tummy..rather distracts from my girlish good looks..but Lisa, my vet says at almost 17 years she is not touching it..and Lucinda and James tell I am beautiful regardless..( I know they are lying ..I look stupid)..please..please Maddox no talk of a spring and summer vest..that is my prime critter barking time of year and the critters would not take me seriously wearing chiffon..although the little members of the glue squad would look cute!..sun is out and I ventured down the drive-way by myself this a.m., I know Lucinda was watching me out the window but it was good to think I was alone adventuring..then Ivan and Ivanka came tearing out of the woods..it was a party!... they walked me with me back to the house...now I must take a snooze and eat a warrior prince cookie...later, love, Cora-Belle..p.s. the chiweenies sent the glue squad their love...they were here for a bit yesterday...I love those crazy guys..they were wearing baseball caps and dog sun-glasses..and their people had their grandson drive them here...another party!!

  • Hey...1964 was my birth year! :)

    However, I don't think I could sprout as easily as those lavender seeds! :)

    I'm no Spring chicken...

    The weather has calmed a bit here in NH...

    I hear another mid week snow storm is a brewin'...

    Batten down the hatches...again!

    Happy Monday to all..
    gail

  • Look the gang's altogether today. I always love seeing the three you together.

    Kirby Bear buddy, I am sending you huge happy thoughts and good vibe that you will nip this cancer in the bud by the end of the week. Ruby, your Mom and Dad should be used to Alien Ruby because Warrior Prince Basil had his alter-ego Guido as well. :wink:

    Glue Squad Gang, hope everyone is having a fantastic day! :smile:

  • Hello Everyone: Its sure looks interesting in the greenhouses and its very nice to see everyone out and about.
    Mom was off Friday and she and Dad went out and left us all on our own. Well I didn't like that much and thought about something interesting that I could do to pass the time. Guess what, I surfed the kitchen counter, snagged the portable phone and started trying to make phone calls. Although I didn't have anyone's phone number and it was frustrating to keep hearing ... Please try your call again ..... it seemed like a good idea until I got bored and started to chew on the receiver. When Mom and Dad got home they found a phone in the hallway, Mom was puzzled until she found teeth marks all over it along with scratches, dings and doggie goober. She said she knew it was me, but how could she know? I was just trying to catch up with everyone .... I'm a good dog at heart, just a little misdirected at times. Martha and Lucy didn't say not to, so I figured it was OK. Oh well, the phones are now moved out of reach, no more "on the phone" for Riley boy.
    Glad other people are getting better weather, I don't think the cold will ever go away, however daylight savings time starts next week, so at least it will be lighter out in the evenings, although the dark doesn't seem to slow us down at all.
    Gotta go, love to everyone and be well. Just Riley.

  • Greetings girls, GK and Glue Squaders!

    Summer happened here for a few days. We were so excited. Everyone was down at the beaches. Jake and I learned to swim last year. We lived in the midwest so didn't know how till now. First time out Jakey sank to the bottom and our human thought he would have go to in and save him, then Jakey stood up on his back legs and walked around. I was much faster at learning but lkely because my human asked me to and I'll do anything he asks for. I love him!

    So glad to hear allof you are seeing signs of Spring in your area. What fun it must have been to go exploring Franny. You are so smart. Jake and I talk about that all the time. You always look like some sort of scientist in these photos!!

    Springing forward,
    Molly

  • Evening Girls, GK & Glue Squad - it's great to see all of you checking out the seedings with Ryan. Especially love pictures #2,5 & 6 in particular, your expressions are priceless. I'm really late today in posting, it will almost be time to check in again. Maddox, my vet appointment went well, Mom & Dad thought for sure I was over 50 lbs; but I fooled them. Although I didn't want any part of the scale, the technician got me at the end and I can in at 48 lbs. I'll take it. Got all my shots, so I'm good for a year (+). Kirby, hope everything turns out okay with your procedure. Ruby, hope you were a good girl today. Abby, don't feel bad, I almost got caught too last night. Cora Belle, glad you are feeling better, a visit from the chiweenies must have been fun; a walk with Ivan & Ivanka too. Hi to all my buddies - time to get comfy for the evening.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

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