starting to think about starting seeds
EVEN IF I WERE STARTING LEEKS AND ONIONS indoors from seed, two of the earliest things one might sow, it isn’t time yet here in Zone 5B. But if you live in a slightly warmer zone, or want to do a mental dress-rehearsal, I’ve assembled some of the seed-starting tips and tricks from around A Way to Garden, for easier reference. More to come as the time gets closer.
- Seed-Starting Basics: This one is what it sounds like, the basic countdown and gear and all the rest. A good place to start if you’re a newcomer to seed-starting, or feeling rusty.
- Growing Spinach: I know, it sounds crazy, but if it weren’t for the snow cover I’d run out and scratch in some spinach one sunny day before too long. (Not the ‘Scarlet Runner’ seeds sitting on top of the snow in the photo, above.) You can’t be early enough with spinach. This post explains.
- Tomato Tips: Everyone loves homegrown tomatoes, and success starts with timing. Biggest mistake: sowing too early. In my area, Sometime between St. Patrick’s Day and April Fool’s is the window of ideal opportunity. Learn more.
- Salad-Green Success: Salad stuff can be sown indoors or direct-sown. This post outlines the possibilities of what to do with all those varieties that arrived with your seed order (so much for restraint, huh?).
- Test Leftover Seeds Yet? Don’t skip this step.
As for the additional suggestions offered below: Alas, they’re all or mostly duplicates. The normally helpful “related posts” WordPress plug-in does the best it can when I go listing things myself as I just did. Poor thing’s gotten all mixed up; my fault entirely.