Of course one can always just go buy a limited selection of starter plants (usually 6-week old seedlings) and we do that with about 15% of our garden, but the thrill isn't the same as raising a vegetable, flower or herb from seed to grave. For those who don't want to deal with the emotional roller coaster of starting seeds indoors, direct sow is ideal for most fast-growing crops like lettuces, Asian greens and radishes.
|Well, obviously, the first step begins with starter mix and some packets of seeds. If starting seeds early indoors for transplanting in late May, we've found it best to always go with a soil-less starting mix.|
|Yeah it takes a little time to fill 72 starter cells with soil-less mix. And no you can't just dump it all in and shake it around. (Another lesson learned since 2013.)|
|Always label your seeds. You will forget.|
|Next Step: Light. Light. More Light. Seedlings thrive on it and gulp it down like Cafe Drake HRV and Bloody Marys at Sunday brunch.|
|It's hard to say how many of these broccoli rabe seedlings will survive long enough to graduate to the vegetable plot. Fingers crossed.|
|When we're starting seeds we also begin reviving perennial plants struggling to survive indoors during harsh winters. Our savory is making quite a comeback!|
|Zinnias have traditionally done well by us here at Cafe Drake HRV.|