6 March 2021: I filled up 90 pots with organic potting mix. I then poured enough water in the black seedling trays so that some of it would seep up to the seeds that now are at the top of the 3.5-inch deep pots.
I sowed tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, chives, and (two days later) cabbage. Everything except for the chives and cabbage is best started indoors under grow lights six to eight weeks before the last frost. The chives can be started indoors but will find their way out to the raised beds as soon as the outside soil can be worked. (In other words, any day now; or when the soil in between my raised beds is easy to walk on.). As for the cabbage, it just arrived in the mail. I should have started it a week or two ago.
My seedling production method is redundancy upon redundancy. Each pot of the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants holds two seeds, and I have three pots of each. If each seed germinates into a seedling — which most likely will not happen — I will have grown two to three times the number of seedlings I need. Now, I also like to have plants in reserve so that if the early season is too rough on some of those that I transplanted in early- to mid-May, I have second-strings ready to take their place.
Or I have plants to give to new gardeners.
On that note, if there are any Facebook friends in the Twin Cities area that want seeds to start indoors, I’ve got plenty still packaged (poorly) in their seed envelopes. I’m not looking to mail out a bunch of seeds. But I’d gladly put some on my back stoop for someone who wants any of the varieties I’m growing this year. Private message me if you are interested.
Garden on, readers!