Thursday, February 7, 2013

First Seeds Put To Ground

When we found serious gardening several decades ago, several mature gardening women took us under their wings and supported our efforts.  They freely offered us favored plants from their gardens.   Their plants live on in our garden and they live on in our memories.  Stone markers identify both the name of the plant and the person that moved it along to us.  Every time we visit the plant we remember with fondness the person that brought us to that plant.  Today marks another passed along plant.

A new plant needs a hole and we just happened to have one ready.  Lily bulbs in pots created this hole.  Those pots are in the house showing early new growth.  Today we recycled the hole.

Seeds need soil.  We have a 30 gallon can with our own potting soil mix but these seeds are new to us.  We needed a weed free soil.  This bag of commercial mix was outside frozen to the ground.  Yesterday's late sun softened things and the bag was pulled free and brought into the basement to warm.  This potting mix contains large pieces of bark.  We felt that a finer mix would be better suited to start seeds.  A trip through the fine screen yielded more appropriately sized soil.

The stone marker identifies the name of the plant and the person that made seeds available to us.  These magical seeds came in the mail from Gail of Clay and Limestone.   Gail wrote that frost weed seeds need a period of cold before they will germinate.  Today seemed perfectly suited to meeting the chill requirement.  Our entire supply of these seeds has been committed to the ground.  If anything sprouts in this pot, it will most likely be frost weed.

Many plants reproduce by simply dropping seeds on the surface of the soil.  Some need light to germinate so we left our seeds on the surface.  Some granular snow was found in a shaded spot and sprinkled on the seeds.  We do not want the approaching storm to scatter our seeds about.  Now we wait till spring to see what grows from the generous gift of seed from a favored plant.

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