Seed Starting 2007
Finally, the day has arrived! 12 weeks til last frost in Zone 5! You know what that means... I started off the day by attending a "Seed Starting Seminar" given free by English Gardens. It was an hour long presentation given by a member of management who's been in the business for the last 16 years. It was very informative, all questions were answered as we went along. There was a lot of discussion about saving seeds, hybrids VS heirlooms, and about hardening off your seedlings. One thing I found interesting is that seeds do not need too much water til they actually have leaves. Looking back on some of the miserable herb starts I had last year, I think I overwatered! There's a seminar about transplanting your seedlings next month, as well as a couple others listed on their website, that we hope to attend! We bought our Habanero Pepper seeds while we were up there, and that completed the list for this year. They had many seed starting products to choose from. Anyhow, when I got home I got my supplies out and got to planting! I started: celery, sweet onion, and 10 different herbs! I plan on keeping my herbs potted so I can bring them indoors over winter, so I figured they were ok to start, too. I didn't end up getting a seedling heat mat, but the gentleman at the seminar said it was most important to have an alternative light source and some sort of greenhouse cover on the flats, and I do have that. We will see how they grow, I guess! Here's a pic of me gearing up to go!