It’s that time of year again! Oh wait, it’s almost past that time of year for gardening but as an avid gardener with way too much confidence, I plant seeds whenever I want. Well, only after my kidney stones stop trying to kill me.
Now I’ve had some great success growing from seed since I take the time to create my very own greenhouse. I use a wide planter and fill it with only an inch or two of quality dirt. I plant my seeds and add pine needles from my yard as “mulch.”
And for the final touch after a nice watering, I plastic wrap it. PHEW! That was quite a process.
With the temperature hitting 90 degrees most days this week, the plastic wrap keeps the seed warm and wet without me accidentally overwatering or animals stealing them. I think only in the south would this technique work well. It has to be consistently hot during the day. Also, be sure to leave some venting on the long sides. This allows it stays at a perfect temperature for seedlings to sprout strong and happy with the added bonus of being OUTSIDE so the dirt does not take over my home or get attacked by my anti-vegetable and flower cats.
Honestly, I’m not as good at pruning the seedlings (I WANT TO GIVE EVERY PLANT A CHANCE TO SHINE!) or transplanting them as I am at getting the seeds to grow. My current record is 50% of the seedlings get transplanted and only 10% of those transplants survive the season. Sad for both my gardening moxie and my belly.
Disclaimer: Stonyfield Organic teamed up with High Mowing Organic Seeds to send me the hat and seeds in exchange for writing about it. I have also discovered that I am compensated quarterly for participation as a Yo-Getter. While I love a good quality seed and High Mowing Organic seeds look great, I don’t care whether any seed or plant is GMO or non-GMO because the science doesn’t support GMO being an issue. If that changes, I’ll let you know.