I felt really good that I got greens sowed on Jan 8th. After all, I had the containers ready early and I had all the seeds I needed right on hand.
After 3 days, though, only the arugula was up. Then, in a couple days, a few chard were up.
And that was it. Total.
Sure the seeds weren't brand new. The arugula is from last Spring and the others maybe the spring before. But usually 2-year old stuff (except onions) are good.
Not this year.
So I had to buy all new greens seeds: chard, spinach, red beet, kale and lettuce.
I sowed them Jan 20.
So, lesson learned. Getting an early will now have to be held up each year until I can get fresh seed. This is annoying because stores don't usually put out seeds until late Feb or early Mar. By then I've lost weeks of fresh-grown greens for the kitchen. Luckily Hartville Hardware had a couple of seed racks so I only lost 2 weeks of growing this month.
As for the yellow, red & white onions purchased last April - not one single stupid expensive seed sprouted.
I'm not going to mess around with homegrown onions this year. If I find a nice bunch of long-day onion plants I'll buy them. Otherwise I'll just use store-bought this year.
Ah well....at least I'm enjoying some peppery arugula in sandwiches already. :-D
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