I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days, but since I’ve been a little busy…
I was very excited last week to check on the plants in the greenhouse and find vegetable sprouts! It’s completely fascinating to me that these teeny-tiny seeds I planted a few weeks ago have put forth these tiny seedlings which will eventually turn into food for our family. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the growing process.
I’m pleased to report that I have 100% germination on both the Caraflex Cabbage and the Green Goliath Broccoli.
I planted ten cabbage seeds and have ten seedlings, and I planted five of the broccoli seeds. Let me tell you about this broccoli. The seed packet itself is over two years old, and the fact that I still am experiencing 100% germination tells you something about seeds. Mainly, they keep. I haven’t done anything special to them, I just put them in a rubbermaid container, and that container itself has been hiding in the closet above the washer and dryer. Now, I really debated buying new broccoli seeds this year, as I’d love to find a more compact variety for my square foot garden. But I decided that I would try my old seed first, see how it takes, and then buy new if I didn’t get results. Well, I sure did get results!
The onions are also coming along slowly. These are Red of Florence, and I really didn’t have good luck with them last year. They never really bulbed out before it got cold, so I thought I would simply try starting them earlier this year. What is very interesting here is that I have read in more than one place that onion seed is not always viable from year to year- it goes bad quickly. Well, it will be a few weeks yet before I’ll say that they’re done sprouting, but so far we are at least at 50% germination. I’ll be keeping an eye on them, that’s for sure.
This next weekend, more seeds will be started. I’m just going to run out of places to put them pretty soon.
Filed under: Uncategorized on March 3rd, 2009