In this column that appeared in the Journal, a pretty good set of tips for poor germination rates with seed.
Q: We bought an acreage 10 years ago mostly so we could grow our own vegetables (and hang laundry out to dry!). The first few gardens were great, but I’ve had a few issues the last 3 years. Earlier I did not have any problems with seed that I purchased in stores or from seed catalogues. Now the last few years a lot of seeds just don’t grow. I even tried the seed tapes, and only 3 or 4 seeds germinated despite following exact directions. So my question is: what seeds and where is the best place to purchase them?
The earliest first salad ever, I think. Some self-sown lettuce (‘merlot’) and orach, plus sorrel, good king Henry, and a few sacrificial leaves off the kale i just transplanted.
I’m away for a little while now, in California. I won’t update for the next week or so unless I see any really spectacular succulents. Happy watering.
May 30 Edmonton Native Plant Group “Why grow native plants? The rewards and challenges of using native plants in garden and natural settings” The Edmonton Native Plant Group (ENPG) is an informal …
Source: Speaker: May 2016
Looking mighty sharp with last year’s growth trimmed away and some new mulch. I didn’t do that specifically so I could take this photo, but once I had done it, I did take this photo.
I grew these from seed last year – seeds from Harmonic Herbs. Variety unknown – they were collected from a wild (or wild-ish) plant, apparently.
These grew very well for me from seed, but I only have one plant surviving because I realized partway through the year I had nowhere to put them, and gave the others to a friend who’s growing an edible food forest. I will start a few more this year once I have a spot for them.
What’s growing in with the Sea Buckthorn? No one knows, because there’s no tag, and someone* didn’t keep track of what she planted where.
*Past Jocelyn. She’s the worst.