I’m a reluctant seed starter. I have these fanciful visions of nurturing flats of seeds throughout the winter but it’s really just wishful thinking.
I am so reluctant (read lazy), that I only start seeds that I can plant right into the ground in my Connecticut garden once the weather warms up in early spring.
Yes, that means I am somewhat limited to which seeds I can direct sow.
And, if truth be told, I don’t always have the best luck with the seeds I do manage to get into the ground. For some reason, I can’t seem to get cleome seeds from a packet to germinate, but the three white cleome plants I planted a few years ago self-seed all over the garden.
If only my seeds could thrive on my good intentions, I’d have the most fantastic garden around!
Too Good to Pass Up
I’ve decided to try my hand at seed scattering again this spring and, based on a tip from a one of your fellow readers (thanks, Valerie). I bought some Good Bugs Blooms seeds from a new-to-me local seed company, Hudson Valley Seed Library.
One of the things that makes Hudson Valley Seed Company so interesting is that they are an “accessible and affordable source of regionally adapted seeds that is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners”. Even I know we could also benefit from more regionally grown seeds.
And their art seed packs are simply beautiful. What a great way to showcase the work of local artists while at the same time celebrating the joys of the garden.
Seed Starting Tips from the Experts
Since every good seed-starting blog post should impart a bounty of wisdom on tips & techniques for starting seeds indoors, and I clearly am not the person to do that…I have to rely on other experts to share their knowledge and experience.
Cornell Cooperative Extension: Starting Seeds at Home (Lots of tips for successful seed starting)
Hudson Valley Seed Library: Seed Starting 101 – A 6-part series (If you’re a ‘direct sower’ like me…skip right to Part 5!)
Joene’s Garden: Seedy Ideas for Connecticut Edible Gardens (Joene offers some great suggestions for varieties that grow well in her Connecticut garden)
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite tips for starting seeds – indoors or right outside?