Posted by Oliver Gardner on February 02, 2014
Near the end of my post last week, I shared that I have a childlike fascination with germinating seeds. This might be a good time to confess that I enjoy watching plants grow even more than eating the vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit that I produce. I admit; it’s easier to buy the transplants, but you’ll not experience the rewards and gratification that only come by starting from seed. The seed for some of the cultivars I grow are not always available at my favorite garden center, so I often shop on line. Let’s assume I’ve convinced you to start from seed. Today’s post will offer suggestions on selecting the right varieties of seed for growing a vegetable garden on a My Garden Post.
You only have one basic
restriction when you choose the vegetable seeds or transplants to grow a salad
garden on My Garden Post, the mature height of the plant. Always select compact
varieties and crops that naturally mature at less than 24”. Here’s a collection
that has worked very well for me.
I’m not loyal to any one seed company
I sowed these seeds November 2
Eight days later, the peppers and lettuce won’t be seen for a few more days.
See explanation below.
I water from the bottom up; meaning that I lift the styrofoam insert with seedlings and pour a ½” of fertilized water in the black plastic try. Then I set the insert back in place. The germinating mix wicks the water to the surface, irrigating and feeding the new seedlings.