So better late than never, I finally started some seeds today! Hurrah!
I’m not a great recycler, but I do save cell packs from the prior year and re-use them.
If you try this, make sure to give them a dip in a water/bleach solution. A small splash will be all you need. This will kill all the little critters who still might be hanging around from last year. They could wreak havoc on your little seedlings otherwise.
I use an organic seed starting mix. It’s fluffy – that’s a technical term, and sterile… and I love reflecting on how easy it is for us today to garden at home. My Grandmother used to take soil from the garden, sterilize it in her wood fired oven (apparently it made the house smell horrible) and then add additional ingredients to get the texture and drainage she wanted. All I have to do is go to the local store.
So what did I actually start? Three tomatoes, one I bought, one I was given (a small currant type) and one I found growing in a pot of canna’s that were given to me. It was so crazy sweet I had to save it. I also planted some piracicaba broccoli – it’s cut and come again which is a huge bonus, savoy cabbage, a couple types of kale – one edible and one ornamental, Carmencita castor beans (ornamental and destined for some very large pots with the ornamental kale) and a few perennial flowers for the borders that I need in mass quantities. And that’s just about it. I’m trying a couple other things, but they’re fairly common and I’m experimenting more with tweaking my seasons – trying to achieve a longer growth period on both sides of the calendar.
And I’d love to hear what you’ve planted so far? Anything new and exciting? I know many of you are south of my zone 6a, jealous!