Growing from seed can be so satisfying. My favorite part is when the little seed germinate. Germination is when they pop their little green heads out from the soil (or whatever the substance in which they are growing, some planting material is described as soiless).
Pictured are probably mostly radish seeds that have germinated in my garden, although there might be a lettuce seed that has germinated as well. I saved these seeds in my refrigerator from past years; in a few rows behind these smaller seeds I planted peas. Those I ordered new this year, along with inoculant that is supposed to help the peas germinate.
If you have never planted from seed, two seeds you might want to try are radish and marigold. Radish is quick to germinate, so you can plant it with other spring seeds, and the radishes will come up first. But radishes prefer soil that is a bit on the sandy side (our soil here in Highland Park is naturally full of clay; one needs to mix in other organic elements for better results), and it make take a while to get the actual radish. Radishes grow in the ground, but after a while you may see the bright red head of the radish popping out, requesting you pull out the radish. Marigolds are long, straw like seeds, so they don’t get lost in the soil like some tinier flower seeds. And once they germinate, they already look a bit like the fancy leaves of the marigold. And then you can watch them grow, grow, grow, and you will have fun marigolds all the way until the fall frost.
Have you planted anything from seed?
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