I finally got around to sowing my alliums, celery, coleus, spicy micro greens, and cat grass yesterday. The laundry room is where I start my seeds and it's still in disarray, but there's now movement in changing the situation. Every year, I say I'm going to be much better with washing out cups and inserts so that I don't have piles of dishes to do in February, but it just never happens. As soon as I get everything planted outside, there are other demands like weeding that keep me very busy.
ArleneB, I was very fortunate to get some seeds for Miss Willmott's Ghost Sea Holly and I don't want to mess it up. If I were to start those seeds in our wine cellar which is roughly -4C to 0C right now, would that work? I don't have any lights in there, though. I also got some Clematis seeds and I have no idea how to start those.
This has been a very cold winter so far, even for us. I'm going to hold off sowing any of my Asian brassicas for another 2 weeks and shoot for the week after St. Patrick's Day to transplant outside with a heavy plastic cover over the bed. I have enough seed that I may try direct-sowing a row or 2 just to see how that works.
Andi wrote:I have tried to start clematis from seed. I have read that it could take a couple of years to germinate. I was told to wintersow on the surface of the potting mix and occasionally disturb the soil.
I had success with 'radar love' yellow clematis with normal wintersowing. The seedlings were slow growers. Other varieties didn't germinate after over a year. I dumped the container when I moved.
Andi, your are too impatient with the Clematis seeds. Most need 2 years, so don't dump your containers too soon.
The Clematis I had germinated within a year were the 'Radar Love' C. stans and C. integrifolia.
I'm having the BEST day! Duane took the day off and we went over to Lee Valley Tools, one of my very favourite places, to get more sleeves for my seed binders. My seed binders are a bit like baseball card binders and they hold 6 seed packs - 3 on each side. Since I had a meeting with my community garden members, I had my Hello Kitty lunchbox of community garden seed packs with me and when I asked the staff at Lee Valley if they wanted some seeds for their gardens, they dug in with little prompting. At the meeting, I enabled more budding gardeners and walked away with a dent in the stash. I love sharing seeds and making people happy. The community garden I belong to is affiliated with the university where Duane works so its purpose is largely educational. I'm hoping to do some workshops on canning and other food preservation practices if we can get a kitchen.
Duane's got the remainder of his pepper seeds to sow in the next few days and I've got lots of other seeds, primarily flowers, to look up and ask questions here before I start sowing willy-nilly.
Here's the seed organizer that Duane got me. Michael is "guarding" it. I love that it's separated into 4 sections with 3 index cards per section so all of the packs don't get squished together from the more popular months. I haven't used the later months much because I haven't figured out a way to keep my enthusiasm for starting seeds at the time that I've got all kinds of produce screaming at me to use. I'd really like to have a fall garden, though. The side section has a notepad, a pen, a sharpie, tape, small ziplocs, and packets of beans and peas that won't fit easily into the other sections.
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I originally planted these as a germination test. It's still more than a hundred days before I can plant tomatoes outside. So I'm scheming for how I can do right by them and harvest a crop from them... I have a south facing window in the garage... And a greenhouse that just needs to be put together... Hmmm.
Joseph... I don't know if you even have any since you plant outside, but you could step up into a 4" pot or even into one gallon pots, but that a lot of maters to find space for. When you transplant, that will hold them back from growing more or less for a couple of weeks.
I think unless that is a huge huge window, they are going to stretch on you.
I don't know if this would work or not just an idea off the top of my head. You have them all in individual containers, what about finding a deeper container and moving some of them, in the pots into it and adding soil around to bury them, that would give the root hairs time to slowly develop and it might be easy to just them pull out by bottom of pot to plant. Not sure how bad the new roots would tangle.
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