As it will soon be time to begin planting the first seeds in my propagation chamber, I have begun my annual task of perusing the seed catalogs that come in the mail to pick out what I shall grow in my garden this year. Since storage conditions over the last couple of years for my seeds have been less than ideal, I have resolved to discard most of my leftover seeds, as germination rates have fallen near zero on many of them. Normally, most garden seed will store two, three and even more year in a sealed container on the refrigerator; mine have been stored in number of different places the past two years and the seeds have suffered. I have decided that I am going to try to plant more heirloom seeds and open pollinated varieties in an effort to save my own seed. I had already decided upon this course of action before I listened to Ben Cohen's presentation at the FGA Conference on Saturday. His presentation reinforced my own resolve to do this. Over the next couple of weeks I will order my seeds and get my plant propagation area ready for operation. The goal this year is to continue my effort to have something in the garden year round. I will keep readers of this blog updated on my progress.
|Gardener's Guide to Seed Catalogs|