welcome spring with a hyacinth bean vine…
the vegetable garden seeds are sprouting and the back yard is being prepared to plant in about a month.
however, veggie seeds are not the only things i started indoors! last year, i was walking with my mom and we saw this gorgeous vine near my house, growing on a neighbors mailbox. the flowers were a lovely shade of purple, the leaves were a gorgeous green, and the pods were SO COOL!!!!
so, my mom, being the gardener that she is pulled off a couple of pods and handed them to me. (i am thinking, “is that legal????” and “what the heck do i do with these?!”) well, she told me to dry them out and come next spring i could plant the seeds inside the pods.
my to my own surprise, i ACTUALLY did it! i dried them out and retrieved the seeds from inside:
i have a railing outside that is that old, gross, fake iron stuff…and i can’t afford to replace it with something prettier right now. PERFECT! i decided to put it into pots and i will place those pots next to that railing and let the vine cover the railing.
i knew that i couldn’t place them outside yet, as we haven’t had our last frost in nashville. however, i wanted to go ahead and get them started. so, i did. i placed 2 seeds in 6 inch terracota pots (picked them up at home depot). i planted them about 3 weeks ago…and look at what i have as of yesterday 🙂
the pot in the back isn’t as far along as the others. i placed saran wrap over the pots until the sprouted. i am leaving the saran wrap on that one until it fully sprouts.
DO IT YOURSELF….if you have a pod you have been holding on to, try it out. here are the steps again.
- get 6 inch pots and saucers that match them
- place two seeds in each pot (you could probably do more, but i wanted to give them room to grow). put them about an inch deep. i used organic potting soil.
- water them well, but don’t drown them.
- place saran wrap loosely over them.
- place them in a warm and sunny spot to sprout.
i will post again when i set them outside and let y’all know how they do as they crawl up and cover that awful railing!
if you have any additions to starting seeds or vines, PLEASE post below. we would love more information!!!