Those who count gardening as a hobby or a passion are itching to get going. Up here in the Northeast unless you have a greenhouse, there is still some wait time before you can start digging in the soil outdoors.
There are ways to get going though, and that includes starting seeds indoors. One of my goals was to start tomato plants for myself and to donate to our MG plant sale. I’ve always had good luck with seeds until this year. I planted one cherry and three regular type plants. The cherry tomatoes came up at a 50% rate, and the regular tomatoes did not come up at all. Hmm. Bad seeds or bad seed starting soil? I’ll never know, but I’ve replanted and will see how that goes.
After attending ‘another’ propagation webinar, I took some cuttings from winterberry, hydrangea, and forsythia plants. The results have been interesting, and the new leaves sprouting make me smile. It will be some time before I know whether they will actually develop into viable plants.
I also laid out my Yukon Gold seed potatoes to sprout. They must like their egg carton base and the sun from the window because they are sprouting.
A friend came by and helped me pot up dahlias, cannas, and crocosmia bulbs. The tables in the shed are full. I’m hoping this will provide them some time to wake up and be ready to take off when they do get planted outdoors. Regardless of their jumpstart, we had fun together getting dirty.
Seed starting isn’t for everyone. It takes a place to do it, table, lights, and it can get kind of messy. I don’t have a basement so I utilize my porch, but that involves plastic on the floor and the wall so that I don’t have to repaint and recarpet. It’s like anything else, some years I do it and some years I don’t. Life – it’s a journey.
Hope your journey is going well this last week in March. Stay well, stay happy, stay kind.