SEED TIME! I’ve been waiting for March 5th like a child waits for Christmas. My father and I placed our large shared order from Johnny’s back in January and I’ve been staring at the packets longingly ever since they arrived.
I have since planned my garden out in detail and purchased soil. I even scrubbed my seed trays out and cleaned out my little indoor greenhouse. All this prep and finally, this weekend I got to get down and dirty with my first batch!
I’ve also noticed some other bloggers gearing up for the big event and even getting started. A recent blog I came across: Vegan Activist already has nearly all of her seeds sprouted! You Grow Girl (one of my favorite gardening blogs) is also ready for spring and recently directed readers to her archives, where you can find great info about starting seeds (click here). Since I’m in New England, I’ve chosen May 14th as my official planting day, so I’m working backwards against that date. I wrote reminder cards out to ensure I start my seeds on time with a wee bit of padding in the event I have some lazy seeds on my hands. Further–and call me a nut, it is OK–I even plugged the dates into my calendar to make sure I don’t make too many plans on the weekends I have designated as seeding time. Even though there is still snow on the ground, green is in the air (and on the mind) and planting day is a mere 10 weeks away. My celery root, rosemary, and lavender need this much time to get themselves germinated and settled before braving the outdoors.
I’m sure people that aren’t really into gardening wonder why on earth plant enthusiasts get so excited about planting seeds? I mean, herbs, carrots, tomatoes, and many other plants can be purchased at garden stores when May rolls around. Why go through the trouble of dealing with seeds? I can’t answer for everyone, but I know that besides just being in my blood, there are so many benefits to starting veggies from seed. First, you get to pick your variety. For example, I was able to choose a blight resistant tomato seed this year instead of being forced to pick one of the available varieties at Mahoney’s. Also, I know exactly what my little babies are fed right from the start. When you buy a pepper plant from Home Depot, you don’t know what it grew in, what nasty chemical fertilizer were used to feed it, or what pesticides were sprayed all over its little leaves. Aside from the logical reasons, there is an emotional thing about creating your harvest literally from seed. You are the plant parent and incredibly invested in how it turns out. The sense of pride when you harvest a vegetable that you grew from seed is indescribable.