What did you think when you read the title?????
Did those 2 items in the photo below enter your mind?????
Yes, they are 2 indispensible seed starting tools every gardener should and must have.
You probably already have those 2 items lying around the house and most likely got them for free. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
The long narrow end of the ball point pen cap has just the right curve to pick up tiny seeds (celery, lettuce, …..) and gently place them on top of the seed starting mix.
The long handle teaspoon (the short handle one works also) does a great job scooping up the milled sphagnum moss or vermiculite to cover the seeds.
I find covering the seeds with sphagnum moss or vermiculite helps to prevent damping off.
Finally got around to starting my Chinese celery. Planted 6 each of 2 varieties – White Queen and Dark Green, both from Kitazawa seeds.
While I was in the groove went ahead and planted one cell pack of Monet’s Garden Mesclum from Renee’s Garden. I know it is too early but I have the seeds and figured why not. Weather has been unusual, who knows, may be we will have a very eary spring.
Had some spinach seeds left over from 2011 (was going to do a fall planting but never got around to doing so). These seeds may not be viable as I understand one should purchase fresh spinach seeds every year. The variety is Taste of Asia (Round Leaf Spinach) from Ferry-Morse. Placed 4 or more seeds in each cell, hoping at least one seed in each cell will germinate.
Each cell pack was dated, labeled and watered (from the bottom up). After allowing excess water to drain off, the cell packs were loosely covered with plastic film and placed in a warm spot. Will monitor regularly to ensure cell packs stay moist and keep an eye on germination.
Also started rooting 4 kinds of sweet potatoes for Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden.
Left to right: Purple, Laceleaf, Georgia Jet and Frazier White.
All four are short season (90 days) heirloom varieties that I got from my garden friend Mary N. The sweet potatoes had started to sprout when I got them so should be rooting pretty soon and the sweet potato slips will not be too far behind.
Mary N. and I are volunteers at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden.
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