How many of you are starting vegetables and flowers from seed this year? For years I enjoyed choosing my seeds from all those great catalogs, making lists, planning where to grow things, getting my seed starting equipment ready, soaking the seeds if necessary, and finally planting them in their little starter cells.
But that was only the beginning. Timing the seeds was tough. Usually I started them too early and they grew leggy. Then there’s the process of hardening off. Bring the trays out, bring them back in. Every day. For a week. Is the sun too strong? Is it windy? When will the soil be warm enough to plant them in the garden?
After all this effort, I had to admit that despite all the TLC, my seedlings were just not as robust as the plants at the nursery. So last year, I simply bought my peppers, eggplants and tomatoes there. I also restrained myself from buying too many. We have a great nursery in our area that sells organic plants and offers a wide selection. I do stay away from the big box stores.
Last year I had my best harvest ever, without the hassle of seed starting. I still bought tithonia seeds and a few other flowers that I could direct sow. And pole beans and snap peas. I direct sowed those, too.
Call me a sell-out, but working full time, it’s the best I can do, and I love the results.