This year I decided I'm going to try and start as many of my plants as possible from seeds. Last weekend was quite busy, with plenty of assistance from one of my favorite helpers...
|The catnip seeds have since been moved to a secure location.|
Seed starting mix is a very lightweight topsoil - it is not expensive (I think my bag cost $3.99) but has the right nutrient mix for starting seeds.
In terms of seeds, I have to say I have no regard for what brand I purchased - I just chose varieties that looked interesting.
I planted 6 pots of each (except for the San Marzano tomatoes, which I planted 10 of, because they are my favorite), with two seeds in each pot. I'd really like to make sure I have 2-3 viable seedlings of each. And if I have too many - well, I am sure my friends and family wouldn't mind the castoffs (or, they will find a home in the compost pile!). But better to be safe than sorry.
I did this year buy those clear lids to put over the trays - to create more of a greenhouse effect, especially when they are first starting to germinate.
Another negative is that someone is really interested in this project.
|He occasionally tries to be stealthy about it.|
Some of Fernando's favorite things include: the porch, jumping on windowsills, looking out windows, and glasses of water. A real recipe for disaster, but fortunately he hasn't learned to unlock doors yet.