900 arugula seedlings. 12 square inches. October 1, 2010 by Andrea Bellamy 15 Comments Ever wonder what would happen if you left a packet of seeds out in the rain? Yeah, me neither. But now you know. Related posts: Square foot update
You know, that is oddly beautiful. Nature is a persistent gal.
Wow! Are you going to plant it? It’s so cool looking!
LOL Been there- done that :)
Darlene Hodgson says
hmmm, choice between plants and a micro salad I think!
Loree/ danger garden says
This is my favorite thing of the day!
hee hee! this is awesome! :)
How wonderful! I love arugula for its unstoppable ability to achieve a really high germination rate under just about any crappy conditions… Your picture is a testament to its strong will!
I was going to try planting arugula this year but just didn’t get to it. I never thought of starting them that way! :)
Toni @ BackyardFeast says
I left my whole bucket of seeds out in the rain in the spring–panic stations at the time! I painstakingly spread each packet out to dry and even hand dried some seeds that were big enough. Now I wish I’d left some of them to sprout!
Andrea Bellamy says
Jaspenelle – I thought so too! I’m still mildly miffed that I “wasted” all those seeds, but they ARE pretty.
Meemsnyc – I didn’t really plant it, per say, but I placed it in the garden where I wanted it to grow and sprinkled a bit of soil over it.
Katie – Thanks :)
Rob – Good to know I’m not alone!
Darlene – It’s good to know that if they don’t take off I can always eat them small :)
Loree/Danger garden – great!
Rebecca – thanks :)
Zoe – True dat. I love it too!
Heidi – I wouldn’t recommend starting arugula this way, but I would recommend it any other way! It’s an awesome cool season green.
Toni@backyardFeast – Yikes! Oh, I would have been at my panic station, too. So, did drying them out work? (ie: did they germinate successfully afterward?)
Oh my God..that is so cool..reminds me of last week I cleaned out my bird feeder and realized that a whole bunch of seeds had sprouted into a heavy mass of something! lol
Diane Mumm says
I’ve grown Arugula and the seed germinates quite well.. I had so many plants..
Actually, the same thing happened to my mom’s bird seed one year. Turns out, if you have very messy birds and a lot of rain (and are a lazy gardener) you might have half your yard taken over by sunflowers, etc. Ah well, it sure is easier. Makes you wonder why we can’t get seeds to germinate when we WANT them to.
bit of green says
Hahahah that’s awesome!
I wonder what happens if you leave seedbombs out in the rain; rainforest coming up?