I wonder how long I can keep getting away with saying things like that? I kid myself that my novice status excuses and covers up my actual disorganisation and laziness. Truth is, I've been attempting to grow from seed for a couple of years now. But usually I end up with big gaps everywhere in my patches and go out and buy seedlings too. And I have way too many seeds some of which get wasted. I do love my little packets of seeds (which I've only recently started housing in sealed containers in the back of the fridge as instructed). I could happily while away many a minute with pen in hand circling interesting things to grow from a catalogue.
The thing is a germinating seed makes me very, very happy. It never ceases to make me smile when I see a little stalk poking its way up through the soil. But I'm still learning and playing around with what works for me. So I have a few questions for you.
To Soak or Not to Soak?
I've read that you ought to soak your seeds first. But I've never done it. I've also read that soaking the seed in diluted seaweed solution is a good trick. But I've never done that either. Who does and is it worth the effort?
When to Plant the Seeds?
Again this year, I've started my spring seeds off too late. I don't know how I managed it but I have. I am following some ripper local blogs and that, I've discovered, is a great way to keep you on track with your own planting but nevertheless, I'm behind. I think I need some diary system that'll tell me each year when to plant the seeds and pop them indoors or in the green house and then when to relocate them outside. Oh and I mustn't forget that annoying hardening off period you're supposed to do. I think my diary system needs to come with reminder alarms too.
Old Seeds & New Seeds & Why Are Some So Slow?
I had half a pack of tommy toe tomato seeds leftover from last year and they still haven't germinated. They're planted in the same container as some freshly bought yellow pear. The yellow pear is all up and has been for a week but not the tommy toe. I wonder if it's 'cos the seeds are older or if it's just the different variety? You could learn lots growing seeds and conducting little experiments. If I had more energy and my kids were less obsessed with soccer or minecraft maybe I'd do just that.
What to Grow them In?
|(Jiffy pots. Image from here)|
Is it Worth Making Your Own Mix?
And then there's the seed raising mix. Does anyone out there make their own? I wonder if it'd work out cheaper to make your own? Maybe if you got stuff in bulk - but you need the space to store it. And let's not forget I am kinda lazy.
Where to Put Them?
I've got a bunch of seeds sprouting in my laundry but there's not much more room there for any more. And last year I bought a super dooper mini greenhouse which was very reasonably priced and just needs a couple of bricks to keep it from flying away in a storm. But where to place it? It's currently in a protected spot down the side of my house which gets morning sun. It can get warm and humid in there. I think I might be cooking the poor things. Are you supposed to open the greenhouse up during the daytime and just close it up at night?
How Hard is it To Save Seeds?
But what I really want to get my head around and my fingers organising is to save my own seed. I mean how hard can it be? But shamefully I haven't really managed it yet. Only with sunflowers and that was so easy it surely doesn't count.
So many things still to learn. This gardening caper could be a full time job if you were to do it well. What works for you and what have you learnt along the way?