It’s almost spring, but the weather is taking its time warming up. I’ve been spending a lot of time in Farmer’s Purgatory, washing out seed containers to reuse them, mixing up seed starting media, and fussing with my seedlings. Using rainwater to water them is a new thing this year for me also. So far I have no complaints, other than that I like to let it warm up to room temperature before using it. Just have to remember to dump the barrels over before mosquito season!
This week I planted some tomatoes, eggplant, lavender, and potato seeds. I’ve never grown potatoes from “true seed” (i.e. NOT little chunks-o-potato) before. I ordered 100 seeds, and they sent me something approximating 500. I called the seed company last night to see what the germination rate was, thinking maybe they sent so many because germination is low. No, they said, it’s 80%. So I have about 300-350 seeds in the trays right now. Good thing we have a lot of space out in the field, because I also have a pile of normal seed potatoes coming later.
The broccoli and some of the onions are taking their first trip outdoors today in their trays. Hopefully I remember to bring them in before they get too stressed out.