An Alameda Garden: Seed Time

Monday, January 21, 2008

Seed Time

The rain is back and it looks like it will be sticking around for the rest of the week, so it's time to do some indoor gardening. I've been sorting through the seeds I have left over from the last couple years, trying to figure out what is still likely to be viable and what needs to be replaced, what I can start now and what needs to wait.

I'm going to try soaking my seeds first this time. I've known that certain hard-coated seeds need soaking, but this time I'm going to try it with all of them. Some things I've read lately indicate that it can improve germination rates with just about any seed.

I'm also going to give Jiffy plugs one more try. I've used these before and have never had much success with them. But I found that I still had at least 50 plugs left, so I'm going to give them another shot.

I'm usually thinking about what seeds to sow much later in the season, but doing the 100-ft. diet challenge is making me anxious to increase the output of my vegetable garden much sooner. I can't eat last year's pumpkins forever!


  1. Anonymous12:31 PM

    Those seed catalogues are so tempting, too!

  2. The Jiffy Pots have not worked for me either. I think they restrict roots.

  3. I used the Jiffy pots hast year...not really excited about those. Check out my greenhouse at my site :


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