You know the old saying: “My eyes are bigger than my stomach”. When it comes to seeds this fits me to a tee. What I’d like to plant and the bed space I have prepared just don’t mesh. I’d like to blame it on the exuberance I feel when looking through seed catalogs. I do love looking through seed catalogs. And I really do like trying new things. But I know it’s more than that.
Why do the directions say to plant the seeds an inch apart when they want you to leave a foot between the plants. Do they really think the germination rates are that low? I’ll tell you a secret, they’re not. If I plant 12 seeds per foot I’ll have to pull out at least 10 baby plants. That’s about 100 little plants (100 seeds) for every 10 foot of row. I just can’t. I just can’t do it. I don’t have the heart to pull out all those little baby seedlings. I have a hard enough time pulling out the weeds. So what do I do? I plant the seeds about a foot apart and am left with a seed packet that looks like it’s never been opened. And that’s great, as long as I want to plant the same varieties next season and I don’t order more seeds.
This year I’m trying to be good. Trying to cut back on new varieties until I use up what I already have. So I’ve only ordered a pack of the following: 1. Red Giant Mustard; 2. Lacinato Dinosaur Kale; 3. Georgia Collards; 4. Tyria F1 Cucumber; 5. Sweetie Cherry Tomato; and 5. Pink Boar Tomato; 6. Jade Bush Beans; 7. Garnet Giant Mustard; and a 2.5 pounds of German Butterball Potatoes.
Now what about all the seeds left over from last year. I best start planning…