Two years ago my dad and I were going to plant a garden at my parents' cottage, but we didn't end up doing it. I did, however, buy about $50.00 worth of seeds to plant in the garden-that-wasn't. So since I still had them, I thought I'd try planting a few this year in order to save on seed and seedling purchasing expenses. Unfortunately, they weren't stored with any particular care or concern; they were left in a shoebox in our basement laundry room. It is cool down there, but I don't know if it was cool enough to keep them viable! To be honest, I don't know how seeds should be stored (I haven't had to store any yet so I have yet to research it!). So many of these might not actually germinate, but hopefully by starting them early enough I will figure out which ones won't work and I'll just replace those later on. There's no harm in giving it a shot!
|Checking out the packages to decide what he'd like to plant.|
|A little too bright, but I wanted to include his little hand planting the seeds.|
We started with organic San Marzano tomato seeds. These were one of the packages that I bought two years ago, but I really hope that they do germinate and grow fairly successfully. We were generous with how many seeds we put in each roll so even if the germination rate is lower, as long as some do germinate, we should be ok. After we planted the tomato seeds, my young assistant's enthusiasm waned. I guess that's about what you can expect from a three-year-old who has to listen to at least a couple of instructions from his mother.
After that we planted sweet basil, and early sugar pie pumpkin seeds. The basil was also an old package but the pumpkin is new. I am also going to plant another sugar pumpkin variety that a friend gave me after saving her seeds last year.
I didn't really think ahead about this, I just decided to do it today while Sus was napping. So I didn't really have anything to stick in the pots as labels. I am actually confident that I can tell the difference between pumpkin, tomato, and basil seedlings (as those are all we planted today), but just to be on the safe side, I figured we should whip up some sort of labelling system.
|Our "labelled" seedlings|
I have been reading blog post after blog post of seed starting tips lately so hopefully some of it will stick and I'll be able to raise something successfully! We are definitely not going to be dependent on our garden this year, but I like to hope that with a few years' practice, I'll eventually be able to supply our family with a large proportion of our produce needs!