Last Wednesday I started the first seeds of the 2021 gardening season, that’s means it’s officially garden season. This week the process continues with two varieties of celery (Tango from Johnny’s and Merlin from Renee’s Garden), Italian flat leaf parsley, and celeriac.
When it comes to things that I don’t grow an entire flat of, I like to group things together that need the same environment (extra heat, cool temps, light, etc). Celery, parsley, and celeriac all take a long time to germinate, thus they do well all seeded in the same flat. There’s no risk of one thing germinating quickly and shading out the others.
As the seed starting season gets into full swing, our dining room table becomes a planting bench. I have a large plastic tray that works wonderfully for this purpose, keeping all the mess contained (except when the cats decide to sleep in it). I started using soil blocks years ago and really find them useful, I can’t imagine doing things any other way.
The onion seeds that I started last week are germinating beautifully. This year I didn’t even bother putting them on a seedling heating mat since it was still cold enough that the wood stove was going (my seed light stand is in the same room as the wood stove). This worked perfectly, onions germinate much quicker if they are in a warm location, a seedling heating mat produces great results.
Onion seeds need to be fresh each year, seed older than a year has significantly reduced germination rates and takes longer. Instead of trying to save seed, I use up any leftover seed to grow microgreens indoors during winter or to sow a late crop of scallions in the fall.
Later this week I will likely start a flat of spinach and another of cold tolerant greens. I’m ridiculously excited to have a salad of fresh greens from the garden and will go through a bit of extra work in the spring to make that happen. Spinach is a great option for early growing because it can tolerate a lot of cold weather (even freezes) and does quite well. I’m happy that it’s once again seed starting season, this year will be the best year yet!
What are you starting indoors? Any seeds? Favorite things?