Deep in the Compost, Something Stirs…

It’s that time of year when half my search referrals are from people looking for pictures of seedlings of various kinds. So by way of a public service (and not at all to continue attracting random hits from people who know even less about gardening than I do), here are my latest batches of seedlings

Tomatoes – including one that suddenly emerged about three weeks after everything else. I know I should just get rid of it but I always feel like Dr. Goebbels pulling out the weakest seedlings

Tomato seedlings



Pea (survivor of the Great Pea Massacre)

pea seedling


Broad beans

Broad Beans

Spring onions

Spring onions

I could have sworn I took pictures of my broccoli too, but there you go. You’re just going to have to wait, if you can stand the tension. Or buy an egg-and-cress sandwich because the ‘cress’ in those are usually some kind of a brassica.* The rest will have to wait because there’s a bit of a bottleneck developing with the planting out. Meanwhile, for some actual useful identification photographs try here.


*You can tell I’ve had lunch with too many botanists, can’t you?



10 Responses to Deep in the Compost, Something Stirs…

  1. Ragged Thread Cartographer says:

    You learn something every day ! Never knew the cress thing. If it’s so easy to grow, why bother with a substitute ? Or is it the same thing with a correct family name…. will have to investigate this now. Btw have just posted me blog – go fetch, it’s a tribute post !!! xx

  2. Ragged Thread Cartographer says:

    PS glad your brave pea survived.

  3. disgruntled says:

    I don’t know, you’ll probably have to ask the botanists. I was always having my lunch interrupted by them getting the hand lens out for a closer look at some interesting plant detail in the food

  4. disgruntled says:

    (for those interested the post is here

  5. Dom says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that cress isn’t a real plant but is in fact just a form that most (all?) plants go through before becoming big plants. It’s seed->cress->plant 🙂

  6. disgruntled says:

    Well, it’s true a lot of seedlings look the same. And a lot of them can be eaten – baby pea shoots are pretty nice just as they are, without going to all the effort of waiting for them to produce peas

  7. WOL says:

    The Great Pea Massacre. I love it. The Siberian Elm next door is seeding and we are all over “oatmeal” here (what the seeds look like). They germinate like crazy so I will be up to my ancestors in Siberian Elm seedlings. Between the S. Elm and the Paradise tree next door, it’s a wonder I have a yard at all. My grass is all over seedlings of one kind or another.

  8. emma c says:

    SUCH beauties! All looking very advanced. Last night t’other half put his foot in a tray of tom seedlings that had just been hauled in for the night. He didn’t seem to understand the seriousness of the matter.

  9. disgruntled says:

    WOL – it’s sycamores seedlings everywhere this time of year
    Emma – ooh, ouch. Did they survive?

  10. emma c says:

    ..seedlings still so minuscule I think about two thirds will survive.. it was the huffing about ‘this is not a greenhouse’ that bothered me! ha ha, perhaps this can be turned to my advantage.. !

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