There are still plenty of work to be done to clear the beds of storm debris and frost damaged plants. But the seed starting bug has already bitten me hard.
End of January, I had already started a batch of veggie soil blocks which include tomatoes, habaneros, bok choy, lettuces, spinach, bunching onions, and eggplant. I was lucky enough to source most of the seed from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, who had them in stock at the time.
I have perennial and annual flowers started in soil blocks as we end February in a flurry of garden prepping.
But of course, there are never enough seeds to start and plant.
From Annie’s Annuals (my first time ordering with this company):
|Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick’||2|
|Camissonia cheiranthifolia “Beach Primrose”||2|
|Aeonium ‘Jack Catlin’||2|
|Lupinus regalis ‘Gallery Yellow’ “Lupine”||2|
|Lupinus regalis ‘Morello Cherry’ “Lupine”||2|
|Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Scarlet’||2|
From Botanical Interests:
|Diablo Cosmos Seeds||4|
|Double Click Blend Cosmos Seeds||2|
|Fireball Blend Zinnia Seeds||4|
|Lemon & Tangerine Gems Signet Marigold Seeds||4|
|Miss Jekyll Blend Love-In-A-Mist Seeds – Conventional Heirloom||2|
|Sensation Blend Cosmos Seeds – Conventional Heirloom||2|
I’m not the only one with a gardening bug. Seed companies and online plant purveyors have been hammered by the pandemic demand; most are advertising low inventories and out of stock items. My normal go-to vendors are struggling to keep up with the demand, I’m having a hard time filling out my wish list. Meanwhile, local nurseries are still recovering from the winter storm, so inventories might still be scarce as of this writing.
If I do find something I want, it’s usually through Amazon and I’m highly suspect of the quality. I’m still frustrated by the habanero pepper seeds I obtained through there; germination rates are very low, even after re-sow attempts as we are enter the 4th week since I planted them. I plan on moving them onto my growing stand with the powerful lights to see if that will spur them into germination.
More to come.