It’s not too late to start many of your garden plants for the coming summer. Plenty can still be produced easily and economically. With a little investment into a basic system, you should be able to grow oodles of seedlings for years to come. Here is a list of things you are just in time to start seeding:
Vegetables: Cucumbers, summer squash, winter squash, pumpkins, kale, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, eggplant, peppers, etc.
Flowers: Cosmos, marigolds, celosia, zinnias, sweet peas, grasses, etc.
If you don’t have a greenhouse to move your seedlings into, that is no problem. You can move your plants in and out of the house on nights it is going to freeze or …you can “jimmy-rig” something to protect them during the cold nights….like bales of hay around them with a blanket. Yes, take the blanket off in the morning.
Now for a picture tutorial of BeeHaven’s Seeding Process:
So Let’s re-cap the seeding process:
- Fill with soil (slightly damp)
- Slightly compress soil (bang or use another tray)
- Create hole if seed is large and needs to be covered.
- Sow Seed
- Cover? – Vermiculite
- Cover with clear dome lid
- Put on warmth if it needs it or some place cool if the seed requires cool.
Finally, here is an excellent on-line seed germination database for figuring out the germination requirements of different species. – http://tomclothier.hort.net/
Good luck and have fun. Most of the joy of gardening is in watching the plant grow and mature.