I had forgotten what back-breaking work it is to plant seeds-especially the tiny lettuce seeds that haven’t been pelleted (covered in clay). They’re hard to pick up and hold in your fingertips-mine seem to disappear under my nails every time! And God help you if you get the least bit of moisture or damp soil on your fingers; you’ll quickly have a ball of tiny seeds impossible to separate!
I got some great advice from Cathy at West Coast Seeds. She folds a glossy piece of paper in half, puts the seeds into the fold and then uses chopsticks to flick them out one at a time. Brilliant.
So here’s a list of what I’m starting from seed this year:
Red Salad Bowl-Oakleaf
I put my favourite Seasoil in the bottom half and topped it up with Seed Starter from Dutch Treat-rumored to also be a favourite of gardening guru Thomas Hobbs.
Here is everything labeled and cozily wrapped up after enduring the enthusiastic water spritzing provided by my youngest.
And I just had to include this beautiful shot of some cherry blossoms in East Vancouver-a local favourite sign of spring.
Photo compliments of Darryl Dyck at the Globe & Mail.