On Sunday March 3, 2013, I joined Food Not Lawns Cleveland for their seed starting workshop held at the Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights. It took me an hour to get there from Kent, but well worth it as nothing beats spending an afternoon talking about gardening (except actually gardening). Though I’ve been growing food for a number of years, there is always something one can pick up.
Some things I learned (or relearned) at the FNLC seed starting workshop:
– Tomatoes can be planted outside in mid March with protection
– Arp Rosemary can overwinter in Ohio
– Plant petunias with broccoli to ward off cabbage worms.
– You can create your own hybrids by seed saving.
– “The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food” is a very inspiring book (as you will see in future blog entries).
– I know enough about gardening to assist others (explained bush vs. pole beans among other things)
– I need a better camera with a flash.
After very little deliberation, I decided to start a Mesclun (aka French salad) seed mix. After planting (as seen below), I realized the date on the seed package was 2005. Lettuce is only supposed to have a one to two year shelf life. But instead of just scrapping the whole thing, I made the choice to see what happens as life is full of surprises.
Three days later (3/6), much to my chagrin, the seeds were sprouting like nobody’s business. Of course, the seeds had been sealed in a little metallic envelope, but even still, quite a surprise.