Here is a seedling in a squash milk jug (even if it is emerging, randomly, not at the edge or near a crack in the soil). Note, once again, to self: Write set-out info like date and source and variety on the inside of the jug next year, because getting everything in one shot is the lazy gardener’s way.

Here is the set-out info on the outside:

So, January 29 to May 2: 121 days. On the other hand, my only real energy was about five minutes to set out the jug. Mentally chewing my hands, worrying whether the seeds had rotted again doesn’t count as real energy, right? No grow lamps, no peat pots, no trays, no moving from window to window.

Even though I know that the squash are always late to emerge — they like warmth, and it’s really not yet warm — I still worry. Perhaps I stage an intervention. Here’s the outcome of a glorious accident:

Back when it was so dry, I went jug-by-jug, and gave each one a gentle spritz from the hose. Except with this jug of canteloupes, the second, I accidentally gave the jug a blast instead of a spritz, totally disturbing the soil and soaking. So I poured the excess water out, marked the jug with a twig, and monitored the situation. And as you see above, the blast technique was a great success; I lay it especially to breaking up the soil because, as you can also see, the seeds are emerging in a random pattern, and not near cracks or the edge.

So perhaps I should blast the squash, too. Or maybe half of them. Or wait. Or set out some new jugs with more seeds and seafood compost. Decisions! Mill jug geekery!

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