I can’t get started – seed starting that is

– Posted in: Seeds and Seed Starting

I can buy the seeds, but I can’t seem to start the seeds. They are all organized by starting date, I have a chart in the garden where they will go, but for some reason, I am so not motivated to get the seeds in dirt. I think because once you start the process, you can’t stop. I have two babies to take care of now, and I am less interested in babying a bunch of little seedlings, and hauling them in and out to harden them, and arranging for a plant sitter if we go away for a few days.

I seem to be more interested in working in the actual garden. I am restructuring my garden and laying out new paths. I am very excited, and I needed to get it layed out to get ready to plant peas.

And did I mention that I have to clean out junk from the laundry room so I can reach the table where the lights are? I wonder if that has anything to do with my slow start? Hmmm.

About the Author

Until recently, Rosemarie Hanson gardened in the alkaline soil of New York’s North Country. Now she gardens in the Finger Lakes region of NY, where the soil is acid and the deer are a plague! She is particularly interested in fragrant plants, old garden roses, tulips, gardening for kids, and kitchen gardens.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Alice Nelson April 3, 2004, 6:01 pm

With two babies, I can understand not paying attention to seeds. Your babies are more import-ant. I now have three kinds of tomatoes and flowering kale up and in a south window, but now we are going to have to be away for several days. Have to have plant sitter, and cat and dog sitter.
Up here in the U.P. we’re having snow today, though not much. Where the snow has melted there are some tulips, dafs and Chiondoxa coming up, but there is still a foot or more of snow on the garden itself. At least with the time change it will be light later; by June it will still be some what light until almost 11:00. Gives time to garden after supper.

Don March 30, 2004, 10:06 am

I agree about the canyon between purchasing seeds and actually getting them in the ground.

Move to a different zone with different type of soil, and it can really throw you off on when to put the seed out.

This is the third time I’ve started larkspur in a different place, and it has taken me three years because I never heard a definitive time when to put it out.

In Texas (zone 8), I put it out in October. In DC (zone 7), I put it out in mid-winter. Now in Indy (zone 5), I finally decided to put it out in the fall and then again in late winter. I am hopeful that this year I’ll get my larkspur going.