Starting seeds in a ‘Flea Market’ way
The trend to start from seed is hot, hot, hot, right now and our Flea Market Gardeners are right in the swing. Growing plants from seed is not always an easy project, and over the years we have learned the following techniques to make sure seeds get a healthy start. Many ideas call for recycling,…a good thing!
1. Keep records for better planning
2. Store seed properly in paper or unsealed plastic envelopes.
3. Give seedlings plenty of room
4. Press seeds down to make direct contact with the soil
5. Prevent disease by providing good drainage
6. Cover trays with plastic wrap to keep the moisture level constant
7. Keep seeds warm to encourage germination
8. Turn seedlings occasionally to keep stems strong
9. Feed them well by planting in a seed starting mix
10. Acclimate seedlings to direct sunlight or try wintersowing
“Who plants a seed beneath the sod,
and waits to see, believes in God.”
Brenda Black says, “I live up here in Washington state; still to cold in the mornings to plant, however, I do have some of my little seedlings just waiting to go out…”
Brian Stephan says, “I Recycled an old shelving unit into a seed starter rack and planted 22 different veggies today, including 14 different peppers, for a total of 300-350 seeds. Since our lows are only getting into mid to low 40’s here in Arizona, if I can capture enough daytime heat, I shouldn’t need a supplemental heat source; otherwise a small ceramic heater should suffice.”
Debbie Groff-Childs tells us, “I started my Herb Garden in my kitchen garden window today.”
Di-Ellen Davenport “My seed starting nook between chimney and fence…”
Jeanne Sammons,”Seed Harvest! This is my basket that I prepared for Farmer’s Market last Fall … I love ‘Hollyhocks!’ And since I can’t plant seeds yet, I thought I would share my basket!”
Jeanne Sammons says, “ Our veggie garden was roto-tilled on March 28th! At the post is an old, old wagon wheel and can you believe Roses with leaves already! Plus, the Raspberries there and the old Barnwood Condo birdhouse. Daylilies also along the edge (tall already) and a couple sprigs of Asparagus! And of course, good strong growing ‘weeds’…best species around! I’m going to plant a few onion sets and as someone posted ‘planting tips’ and said when “When dandelions bloom, it’s time to plant potatoes!”
Lark Kulikowskig tells us, “What can I say except, I am an avid WISCONSIN gardener. Hee hee!
How fun is this desk to work at? Shirley Fox’s photo shows a very unique way of starting seeds in a ‘raised bed.’ She says, “An old metal desk as a stand for a raised garden bed in a garden I visited over the weekend. This desk had been discarded outside her gate.”
How I save seeds…..giggle
Are you a TRUE gardener? Do you have a napkin or paper wrapped pack of seeds in your purse? “I swear officer, I didn’t take these from the restaurant planter…”
Guess what those seeds were wrapped in,…can you see? A big leaf! Dried and brown by the time I fished it out AND I have NO idea what seeds these are.