Here are my seedlings yesterday:
And here they are three weeks ago:
Notice much of a difference? Neither do I.
My seeds aren’t growing!! I planted these seeds in the beginning of December. It’s been 8 weeks, and this is all they have to show for it. My seeds seem to germinate just fine, and then…nothing. Zippo. Their first true leaves are itty bitty and they don’t seem to want to grow anymore.
I was watching a video by Garden Answer the other day. She started herbs, including parsley, in the beginning of January, and this is what her plants look like now:
What am I doing wrong?
My best guess is watering: too much sometimes and too little at other times. I find the seed starting mix to be tricky. It likes to hold on to moisture, but when it dries out in the pot, it’s hard to get it to absorb water again. Sometimes I water from above (gently), sometimes I put water in the plastic tray to let the soil soak it up from the bottom. I haven’t worked out a good system yet.
It’s also possible that the light fertilizer I used hurt them, but they were already looking pretty puny even before I fed them.
Could it be light? I think I have them as close to the grow light as I can comfortably get them, and it’s on from 6 in the morning until 8 at night.
Any other guesses?
I’ll give myself a pass this year because conditions (space, resources, etc) are less than ideal, but a solid seed starting setup will be essential in years to come.