This is a follow up to my original post on gardening with the phases of the moon to read and find our more go here.
It was 7 days ago that I started on my journey of gardening with the phases of the moon.  I tell more about the reasons why one would want to do this in Part 1 of this min series.  In order for me to get a good feeling that this gardening method works well, I decided I had to write down all the details so that I could accurately track the progress, so I made a little journaling book and now I can use my notes to share with you all.

Day 1 – Aug 22, 2014
Select the seeds to be planted based on the guidelines notated in part 1 and created labels for each of them
Day 2 – Aug 23, 2014
I soaked overnight all the seeds with an hard seed coat and removed a few from the freezer that needed to be cold stratified.  I created labels so that I could easily identify which seeds germinated if/when they did.
Day 3 (New Moon) - Aug 24, 2014
On the evening of the 24th I began planting the seeds, I used empty egg cartons for the most part.  I covered them and checked on them the next day, providing a few sprays of water to each container because it is very hot and humid at this time of year here in FL.
A total of 80 different varieties were planted, 10 – 20 of each, unless they were really large seeds in which case I planted about 5-8 of them.  I wasn’t sure of the success rate so I gave myself a 50% chance of non germination.
Day 5 - Aug 26, 2014
16 varieties of seeds have germinated already!  Here are just a few of them.
Broccoli, Dolce Vita Basil, Collard Green, Kale (3 different type), Amaranth, Calabrese
Day 7 - Aug 27, 2014
More seeds germinated today, they are Rainbow Quinoa, Cabbage, Sweet Basil, Brussel sprouts, Sweet Potato pumpkin and oregano
Day 8 - Aug 28, 2014
Some of the seedlings were reaching for the sun, growing tall and lanky so I opted to transplant them at this time.  Transplanting was done in the evening.  Yes, you guessed it, more seeds germinated!  Pickle cucumbers, leeks, lettuce, Red swiss chard, Strawberry lettuce, Strawberry spinach, Red Romaine
Day 10 - Aug 30, 2014
The germinating continues and so does transplanting.  Wow I just can’t believe how many of them are germinating!!! I’m so excited about this experiment and I love putting into action and proving to myself concepts like this.  Today the following germinated. Chives, Butterflay spinach, Cumin, Lemon mint, Cilantro and Leeks.
Day 12 - Sept 1, 2014
I’ve been transplanting so much I am not dreaming about seedlings and seeing them when I close my eyes LOL!  Today Sorosi or Bittermelon  germinated!!So far about half of the seed varieties that I planted have germinated, been transplanted and are growing well.  Some of them didn’t survive the transplant, as expected and some, well something is eating the first leaves 🙁 I don’t mind sharing but leave me a few guys!  I’ve kept all of these seedling in my Florida room or screened in porch but little frogs and lizards get in there sometimes so I just don’t know which is the culprit.
All in all this has been an amazing journey and the results have far exceeded my expectations.  I have planted many of these seeds in the past without any success, so this is proof enough for me.  The only seeds that haven’t germinated yet, that I expected would take a while are the hard coated seeds like Brown cotton, Soursop, and even my Shiso which I am REALLY hoping shows me so luv and germinates soon!
I will keep you all posted on how they do and when the rest germinate in my follow up blog post. Here are a few pics of my goodness!Questions, Comments, Tips??? Please comment below and share with me.Thanks for reading and as always INJOY!


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