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#26974 Apr 19th, 2007 at 06:33 PM
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About 4 weeks ago (last week in March maybe) I started on a food garden by planting tomato and lettuce. To start them out I'm using egg cartons (the cardboard kind, not the Styrofoam) to plant my seeds in. I planted one seed per egg area. I followed the directions as far as how deep to plant the seed, kept it watered, plenty of sun, and out of the frost. For some reason I was expecting to have seen some form of life by now, but I haven't. Today I uncovered a couple of the seeds and they still look the same as the day I planted them. Have I done something wrong or am I just being to impatient?

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They should have germinated by now. I'm not sure what the problem might be. Are the seeds old?


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Tina #27033 Apr 19th, 2007 at 08:19 PM
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i did the same thing mine wher not growing either i had them in the kittchen window but then i had to move them so i put them on a shelve over my stove and a week later thy wher growing i think they wernt warm enough

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I think that lettuce is cold tolerant. I don't know if it transplants well or not. But, usually, I sow it outdoors, directly where I'd like it to grow. Tomatoes aren't real picky about germinating, at least in my experience. What varieties are you trying to grow?


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One of the problems with egg cartons is keeping the potting soil moist. Both lettuce and tomatoes want it moist for germination. I found I had to mist them several times a day to keep them moist when I used egg cartons. This year I'm using yogurt cups and although it takes more potting soil I think it is well worth it. Even if I can't plop and drop when I transplant.

I would definitely start over and try again. The lettuce is planted on top of the soil. If that helps at all.


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The tomato is Better Boy Hybrid and the lettuce is Bibb/Limestone.
I don't think the seeds are old. I just bought them and they are stamped "11/07"
I planted the lettuce 1/4" deep because that's what it said to do on the back of the package (right underneath where it says "Easy to grow. Guaranteed to grow." LOL).

If I start over do you think I could still use the same seeds?

Thanks for all your input.

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How did you cover them?
Or how deep?

And are they in light??



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I would try using a different container. I would use a "light" seed starter potting soil for the lettuce and just pat them into the soil and not cover them at all. Use a misting bottle to water them so the seeds don't get washed over the side or to the edge of the container.

With the tomatoes I would be tempted to get different seeds. They are very hardy and usually will come up no matter what I do to them.

both should show themselves about 10 days after planting if not earlier.

You are starting these indoors right? If you are starting outdoors it may be the temperature that is keeping the seeds from germinating. Tomatoes like warm temperatures. And although lettuce is a cool weather crop I start it indoors too.


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