Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Seed Starting - Part II. I Still Suck At It.

My experiment with starting tomato seeds in egg cartons has failed miserably. Look away and don't read another word if you are hoping for seedling tips. This part of gardening - I know the talk, but can't walk the walk.

I was hoping to use up our piles of egg cartons for something green. They failed, I think, for several reasons.

1. Too shallow.
2. Dried out too easily.
3. The individual working with the seedlings is a bumbling oaf.

Errr . . .

I started another group of seedlings - it may not be the ideal sowing time - maybe they can be my group of "late" producers.

I'm also fortunate enough to have a local supplier of heirloom tomato plants. My back-up. Thank goodness . . .

On the bright side, the other seedlings - my black-eyed susan vine, shasta daisies and calendula - are hanging tough and Rockin' with Dokken. Their healthy vigor, I believe, simply lies in their good stock. Lucky for me. Small victories!

5 comments:

Entangled said...

Tracey, may I ask what your local source is for heirloom tomato plants? I started my seeds very late (last week), and it would be nice to have a backup plan.

Tracey said...

Of course!
Milmont Greenhouses in Stuart's Draft.
Here are a few details on them . . .
http://www.milmont.com/
From what I remember, last year they had Brandywine, Yellow Brandywine, Green Zebra and maybe Cherokee Purple.
Have fun!

Lonnie said...

Oh, I'm right there with you...

I have all kinds of wildflowers seeds I get from friends or collect, and 95% of them just don't make it. I think starting things from seed just requires alot of patience, the right equipment, and sterile proceedures. Basically it's like doing lab work.

I hope to get better someday, perhaps when I've gotten my own green house.

Katie said...

I have used APS seed starter kits for years that I bought from Gardeners Supply. They are at least 20+ years old. It makes seed starting a breeze. There are pictures of them in my flickr pool.

Tracey said...

I am going to take cues from both Lonnie and Katie. Lab work is an important way of thinking about it (especially the sterile procedure part!).
Katie - I am going to check out your seed starter kits asap! I like hearing that they last so long - a few of mine are already leaky. Arghh (shake fist at sky . . .)