You’ve started your seeds indoors, witnessed the magic that is germination, and watched your sprouts grow into lean, green little seedlings. You think they’ll be ready to enter the world outside the confines of that warm, cozy bubble called your kitchen (or bathroom or greenhouse or wherever they’ve been shacking up) in a few weeks. […]
No matter how many times I’ve seen it, the magic of germination still awes me as if it was the first time. I still don’t understand how bushels of juicy tomatoes will come from a single seed smaller than the diameter of a pencil eraser, or how specks of basil seeds will turn into a […]
Right before I took off on a 10-day road trip through the Eastern Sierra, I started a few seeds in my bay window. There were tomato seeds, eggplant seeds, pepper seeds, squash and cucumbers and beans and endless varieties of leafy greens. I scored a great deal on peat pots from the dollar store, made […]
Last week I had the honor of hosting Jere Gettle (as in the Jere Gettle from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, pictured at right) and Paul Wallace (the man in charge of Baker Creek’s west coast branch, the Petaluma Seed Bank) at my humble little abode. They were only in town for a day or two, […]
You can start seeds in almost anything these days… peat pots, seed trays, toilet paper rolls, newspaper rolls, paper towels, or even that good old-fashioned thing called the ground. But have you tried to start seeds in eggshells? It almost seems like an urban myth, with rumors that it’s possible, but little proof of people […]
It’s been two months since I started my seeds, so I thought I’d update with a little progress report on how the little fellas are doing.
Repotting seedlings in general is fairly straightforward. Just plop the plant out, put it in a new container, and refill with soil. But tomato seedlings are unique in that they like to be buried deeply. They have the ability to form new roots along their stems, so they can be repotted up to their lowest […]