Dreaming of Spring Gardens
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 11:25 AM
Come in and browse the new seed racks from Botanical Interests and Lake Valley. They are both local seed companies that care about our Boulder County community.
What else is a seed but a promise to the future? For the last 140,000,000 years plants have projected themselves into the future via seeds. They travel by land, by air, by hitching rides on animals and floating across oceans.
Why are berries sweet? So that animals that eat them will later distribute their seeds—in a pre-fertilized package no less—miles from the parent plant.
As ingenious as plants can be, many gardeners shy away from growing plants from seed. Why? Probably from a fear of failure, a fear that plants don’t share. But there’s no more economical way of greening up your world.
They may seem to be fragile vessels, but consider that the record for germination is from seeds that were estimated to be 2400 years old.
Seeds open up another dimension in yourself, as well. You’re entering the process as never before. Planting seeds, collecting seeds and trading seeds will make you more of a gardener than ever before. Why by a plant for five bucks when you can grow a hundred plants from a two-dollar packet of seeds.
Seeds requirements vary. Some need a period of cold. Others won’t germinate without exposure to light. Once you understand their needs you’ll have unprecedented success.
In general, most people plant seeds too deeply and don’t water often enough. In a vegetable garden, salad green seeds should be very shallowly planted and wetted down twice a day. The point is to effect germination, giving the seeds what they need. The moment the sprout breaks out of the coat and the first rootlets appear, the plant will be searching for light, heat, moisture and nutrients. Once those needs are met, the plant will begin to grow. Once the plant is an inch or two tall you can back off on the watering because the plant will have grown some roots. At this point a little watering stress might help, driving the roots deeper and making the plant stronger.
Once they’re up and running you’ll have plants galore and the knowledge that you’ve had a hand in a glorious creation!