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Melanie's Guide to growing anything

No, I'm not going to be modest about it. I do have green thumbs. If it can be grown in my climate and on my soil (and quite often if it theoretically can't) I can do it. I don't know why. All those seeds that are supposed to be difficult to germinate......they come up for me. Tender perennials that ought to die in a Zone 3 Winter....they live. The things they tell you never to transplant? Well I do. So it may be that I give off some sort of energy...OR maybe my methods work. Let's see shall we?

Eventually this will be a nice long complete list of hundreds of plants. I'm going to begin with something that I only found out this week is supposedly difficult to germinate. Mint. No really. I KNOW that once you've got it in your garden you are sort of stuck with it for life. Unless planted in a bomb-proof tub with a 3 foot no-man's-land between that and any other soil, it will take over your entire garden. But for some very strange reason they tell me that getting it to grow from seed is rather hard. Well..............I filled a styrofoam tray from a pack of sausages (those ones with cheese in the middle, smoked, excellent on an Italian bun with garlic mustard and my own zucchini relish....) with cheap potting compost from Wal-Mart, made it rather too soggy then remembered to punch holes in the bottom. Then I sprinkled the mint seeds on the top, covered them a bit, sort of, put the tray on a small table in the corner of the dining room and then forgot about it for two weeks. It then looked a bit dry (duh) so I made it rather soggy again, and the next morning I had seedlings. So you may want to try this yourself. I do think it would be best to punch holes in the styrofoam tray BEFORE you add the compost and water, or you'll have the same black spots on your carpet that I now have. And try to remember to take the sausages out beforehand also.

Yes, when I do this page properly, it will be a bit more sensible than that, but honest, this worked for me.