May 7, 2010


I decided today that I better start hardening off some of my seedlings so I can finally plant them in the SFG.  The first one I started with was my pumpkin seedling.  I took it outside and let it sit in indirect sun for a couple of hours.  That was enough for the first day, so I brought it back in.  As I was putting it back in it's spot with the other seedlings, disaster struck.  I broke the main stalk! 

My poor little pumpkin seedling. Struck down just as it was starting out in the world.

I'm not sure if you can see in the picture, but it's holding on by a little thread.

I wasn't sure what to do to possibly save the little guy.  Suddenly I had an Ah-Hah! moment as I remembered back to science class in grade school (LOL) where the teacher showed us how to grow cuttings and seeds in paper towel in a glass.  Hey!  I'm willing try just about anything right now!

I made a clean cut and placed in a glass with some wet paper towel.  I also ran the end under water for a few seconds in a vain hope that it would stimulate it somehow to start sucking up some moisture.  I know!  But I'm desperate!!

I guess we'll see how well this little experiment works.  I know I'll be MUCH more careful in the future while moving these little babies around.


  1. I'll keep my green thumbs crossed for you. It must have been the night for disasters. I was hardening off some plants. I ran to a couple stores and while I was gone my home was hit by wind gusts of 40+ mph! The plants looked a little ragged when I brought them in but...I have hope.

  2. I hope it works! I had a disaster this week too. I was hardening off some of my plants, forgot about them and left them out overnight. They wer definitely not happy with the night temperatures, so I am nursing them along and hoping for the best.

  3. Its been a week of mild disasters. Mine got flattened by the high gusty winds and are recovering under the lights.
    Lets hear how that 'save' works for you.