Over the course of my gardening years
I have tried to start plants from seed inside.
I’ve really kind of just piddled at it
Only once before have I really worked at it.
Yet, I wasn’t all that great.
I have decided during this COVID winter
I’m getting serious.
So I’ve been reading this
And recording what I’m doing in this.
Which has led to this…so far
I’m armed with a giant grow light
Which I’m sure is making the neighbors
Wonder what I’m up to!
I also have these nifty heat pads
To get seeds in a growing mood quickly.
And a trusty fan
To gently move air around them
Thus strengthening their stems.
I started with Basil back in December
Because…well…I had a package of Basil seeds.
Then around the first of the year
I planted 3 kinds of Cabbage
And 4 kinds of Broccoli
Hoping to supply Faith Farm
With healthy plants for our mission.
Yesterday I planted Lisianthus.
A flower I’ve never really grown
But ever since I saw it at Longwood Gardens
I’ve been dreaming about it.
I’ve learned so much.
For instance Lisianthus seeds need light to germinate.
So you don’t cover them with soil.
The same is true of poppies
Which explains why it’s best to sprinkle them
On the snow of winter
And let them melt into the ground.
I could go on forever about
All that I am learning.
But what I really need to do is apologize to my father.
As a child growing up on a wheat farm.
He would almost daily
Go to “check on the wheat”.
Now in our part of the world wheat is planted in the fall
And grows all winter
For an early summer harvest.
So “checking on the wheat” was literally
Watching it grow.
Something we used to tease him about
How interesting is it to watch something grow.
Sorry Daddy…I get it now.
Stay safe everyone,
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings