On Wednesday, both varieties of cucumber started to sprout in their warm and cozy seed tray.  Then, yesterday morning, the squash seedlings made their way into the world.  By this morning, almost all of the cucumber and squash seeds had not only germinated but had exploded to a height of an inch or more.  The seedlings are much larger and more robust in appearance than any of the other vegetables we have planted so far.

After only a short experience with starting seeds indoors, we have already learned that all of the vegetable seeds enjoy warm temperature and need it to expedite their germination.  Without the heating pad, relying on ambient heat alone, nothing sprouted.  With the heating pad—even just a few hours per day—all of the seeds practically leapt out of the soil.  If this experiment proves successful, we will definitely consider procuring heating pads dedicated to seed starting use.