09 Nov 2009 1 Comment
Onions are in, onions are in! And not a moment too soon – yahoo!
This is big excitement for me, cause I have tried to sprout my sweet onion seeds – repeatedly — but to no avail. Zip. Nada. Nothing. The nice fellow at my local feed and seed said, “Might be too early.” I nodded, declining to inform him that my seed plant date data sheet clearly states I could start “trying” in August.
But okay. I’ll go with it. A simple case of “operator error.” It isn’t the first time for me and won’t be the last, of this I can be sure, but perhaps the true culprit was distance. They were too far from my sight – as in, the garden – and were allowed to get too dry. Listing says, these isty bitsy guys need consistent moisture. Alrighty, then — on to plan B!
So I started the next batch on my back patio, you know, so I could see them, and remember to water them — much like I do with my fragile broccoli sprouts. But nope, this didn’t work either (temperamental little things). So not only can I NOT claim an advance toward my goal of self-sustainability — this failure is ruining coveted visions of giving my sprouts that “hair trim” so cutely illustrated in the book!
Whatever. Some times, you just have to let go.
September was blowing in and I was still onion-less, so I trotted down to my local seed store. Now mind you, my local seed store is a Godsend. They patiently answer all my questions – my very basic questions – most probably thinking: Should you be gardening? But ever the professionals, they never let on, though it does remind me of my school days. I was that kid up front asking so many questions, my fellow students would snicker, dunce. While I never actually heard them utter the word, I know they were thinking it. Want to ask who got an A on the test come Friday?
You guessed it (me, for the slow kids in the back). And that’s the point. If you keep at it, you will succeed – with the help of your local seed and feed store. It’s an invaluable resource, not to mention a great place to buy your hay, compost, organic fertilizers and the like. For those high on excitement but short on time, many stores offer ready to go veggie plants making it super EASY to get your garden growing!
But pssssst… Don’t let on you’re interested in sustainable gardening and seed preservation procedures — kinda puts a damper on their seed sales, if you know what I mean. And trust me, you don’t want them to set out the unwelcome mat for you cause you’re gonna need them when those seeds you’ve been drying get mistaken for crumbs, or knocked off the counter by an overzealous Labrador. Sometimes, you drop them on your way out to the garden. Get the picture?
Visit your seed store early and often and you’ll enjoy a row of sprouts like these beauties – though they do resemble a bad hair transplant a bit, don’t they?