Browsing a seed catalog can be so exciting, especially when your patch of dirt is just screaming to be planted in!! It’s easy… incredibly easy… to get carried away and order seeds for every single vegetable you think your family would enjoy.
I’m talking about myself here. ‘Cause this is what I’ve done.
Not only have I ordered every veggie garden staple I could possibly think of… you know… corn, peas, green beans, tomatoes, celery, potatoes, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, onions, pumpkins, melons, squash, ect, ect… but I’ve also ordered seeds for specialty produce such as globe artichokes, rhubarb, asparagus, and elderberry.
Did I read up on these novelties before clicking the Buy Now button?
I figured I’d learn what I needed to about planting them later, after the seeds had arrived.
Brilliant idea. Only, what I learned after the fact was that a lot of the “special” plants I’d ordered are generally NOT grown from seed, but from cuttings or roots instead. Planting from seed is not recommended because:
a) germination rate is extremely low
b) results can vary drastically
c) quality is hard to control
So, it seems, I may not have much luck trying to grow these from seed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still gonna try!! But I may be buying some cuttings or roots to plant as well. Lesson here- do your research before you buy! Including whether or not that plant will even grow well in your area.
Update: My artichokes and asparagus grown from seed did fantastically!! Yay! The rhubarb and elderberries… not so much. I ended up buying some elderberry plants. I keep trying to grow rhubarb from seed, but I’m gonna have to break down and buy a plant eventually. Live and learn.
Strawberries and rosemary are the same way- very hard to get going from seed. Do yourself a favor and just buy the plants.
What about you? Learn any good lessons this week?