After spending the first part of today starting hundreds of vegetable seeds, we refueled with Mexican take-out and started—for fun—some flowers. Safe to say we have a big crush on them. Not one flower in particular, just all of them. Simple, right?
How does something like this start? With a daydream, of course. And lots of inspiration. With Sam in the Baby Jogger and the dogs in tow, we set up shop in the greennhouse. We selected eight different varieties we wanted to begin with, took a few notes, then fashioned markers from some old bamboo trellis we had laying around. Since we’re doing this project for fun, we relaxed our standards some and just broke the bamboo into pieces, then marked each one on top with a sticker. Rather than try to write all the seed info on each marker, we assigned each variety a number.
John filled thirty-two six-cell trays with seed-starting mix, and I followed behind and starting dropping seeds. Some we dropped right on the surface, barely covering them. Others went about 1/4-inch deep.
We started Celosia, Sweet Pea, Amaranthus, and Scabiosa. Some cells inadvertently got several seeds, as celosia seeds–in particular–are miniscule. About as small as poppy seeds. When complete, I flagged each group of cells with the appropriate marker and, in about an hour, we were finished.
Since today’s work was really for experimenting, we only started 24 cells for each variety. Later today we’ll go back down to the greenhouse and very lightly mist the trays, and early tomorrow morning we’ll move them into the light. We’ll continue to take notes once germination begins, and in a few days we’ll start some more. Excited to see how these take off…