First-year gardener - how are my seed starts doing?

taviandir Posts: 3 ✭✭✭

Hello everyone!

I am new here and to gardening. I am wondering how my seed starts are doing. It's been about 24 days (so just over 3 weeks) since I sowed these.

What I am wondering is,

  1. Are my tomato seedlings growing slowly?
  2. Is it time to remove (thin) out the ones that arent doing as well as its "cell mates"?
  3. The chamomille germinated like crazy, is it getting too crowded? If so, what should I do about it?
  4. There is some green "stuff" on the top layer of soil on some of the cells (particularly one tomato)

If there is anything else you would like to comment on, feel free to do so. I am eager to learn :)

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Thanks for your time!




  • Jens the Beekeeper
    Jens the Beekeeper Posts: 643 admin

    @JJ_McFly I would pick out (pick some plants and transfer in new pots) the chamomile and the thime.

    The cucumber look good. The tomatoes do too but as you suggested I would pinch the weaker one. Than I would feed the tomatoes with some liquid fertilizer as this are hungry plants. If you don't have extra grow lights they are just fine.

    Green stuff on top might just be algae.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,508 admin

    I agree with @Jens They all look quite healthy but time to transplant some of them. Start with the thyme and chamomile, then the basil. Good job, especially for a first timer!

    For future reference, chamomile can be planted directly into the garden; it doesn't need the early indoor start. I live in zone 3b/4 and it is hardy enough to be direct seeded in my garden. If it is left to go to seed, it will seed itself in the garden and can become invasive.

    Good luck with your first garden!!!

  • taviandir
    taviandir Posts: 3 ✭✭✭
    edited April 2020

    Thanks for your replies! I really appreciate it!

    @Jens is the algae something to be worried about? The one that is very green was one that I kind of overwatered when sowing the seeds.

    @torey I'll try direct sowing chamomille next year. :)

  • Jens the Beekeeper
    Jens the Beekeeper Posts: 643 admin

    @JJ_McFly no the algae is no problem at all.

  • Ruth Ann Reyes
    Ruth Ann Reyes Posts: 576 admin

    Looks good! I agree w/ above. The tomatoes, I'd pinch off the smaller ones. I always direct sowed by cukes...but, I've done it both ways...and they've both been successful. Good job so far!!!