SEND US YOUR BEST SEED STARTING TIPS!
PRIZE: SEED NOTECARD SET & ALL NATURAL BUG REPELLENT BAR, AND AUTOGRAPHED COPIES OF AMY GOLDMAN’S THREE BOOKS
CELEBRITY JUDGE: AMY GOLDMAN
AMY GOLDMAN, author of the bestselling The Heirloom Tomato, The Compleat Squash, & Melons for the Passionate Grower joins the Garden Party this month to help us decide which of you has the best seed starting tips. (Other than having someone else do it for you.)
Amy, nearly singlehandedly, brought the heirloom vegetable movement into the American mainstream. Her books, which are both invaluable reference books and works of art, have inspired many Americans to put down that supermarket tomato and pick up a spade. She showed us that there are hundreds more types of melons in the world than the crunchy pale orange cubes we get in our fruit salad cups. We might have to work a little to get them, but they’ll be worth it.
It almost goes without saying that starting one’s own seeds vastly broadens the varieties of vegetables one can grow in a garden. But for those with little gardening experience – or even those of who have been buying seedlings from garden centers for years – starting seeds at home can seem a little daunting. And if you believe everything you read online, you’ll need all sorts of expensive equipment and more precise control over your home’s temperature and humidity than the Louvre to start your own seeds.
It’s simply not true. While being careful and precise with your seed starting can certainly help guarantee stronger seedlings, seeds can be pretty resilient things. Decent light, warmth, water, soil, and timing are all any seed needs. Everything beyond that is simply insurance.
We’ll have more more information about seed starting in our many party pages, but we know you’re here for the prizes. So how do can you win this month’s prize? Simply submit your best seed starting tips in the comment section below. Include a picture if you wish.
We’ll start things off with one of our favorites. It’s not our original idea, but let me tell you…it saves a lot of aggravation and wasted seed, and gives us something to do during the long winter months. Check it out here.
Amy Goldman will decide which of your tips is most inventive, instructive, and helpful. The winner will receive a BEEKMAN 1802 All Natural Bug Repellent Bar and a Set of 12 Notecards featuring Landreth Seeds Vintage Seed Packet Illustrations. We’ll announce the winner on April 1st, when we announce our new contest for April. (Be certain that you enter your email information when you enter your tip so we can contact you. Complete contest rules are here, just in case lawyering is your other hobby.)
Ready? Give us your best tips below….