If you live in Central or South Florida and have a vegetable garden, it is time to start seeds! Yesterday, I finally got myself out of holiday mode and thinking about next year's garden... I got all the seeds out of the refrigerator and sorted out the ones I wanted to get going this week. They soaked overnight, and this morning they went into labeled ziploc baggies inside soaked, unbleached coffee filters.
I've been using this system for a couple of years, and it is what has worked best for us so far. I soak the seeds overnight, then put them in wet coffee filters and over the hot-water heater until they sprout. Because in the winter our house stays pretty cool, the water heater is the best, warmest spot to get seeds started. The temperature there stays at around 80 degrees. I've especially noticed a big difference with pepper seeds. They used to take up to three weeks to germinate before using this method.
So, what did I start?
Tomatoes - Stupice (I'm really looking forward to this one, it's a new one for us), Amish Paste, Pink Brandywine, Sweet 100 (cherry), Roma.
Peppers - Corno di Toro, Bulgarian Carrot, Jalapeno, Quadrato Giallo D'Asti, Sheepnose, Paprika.
Eggplant - Black Beauty, Fairy Tale
I expect the tomato seeds will be the first to sprout in the next few days, followed by eggplant, then peppers. I'll plant them in flats at that time, then the challenge begins. Keeping them warm enough for growth, with enough light, and well watered and fed for the next eight weeks, waiting for warmer weather will be very important if we want to have nice, healthy plants to place in the garden at a reasonable price.
This weekend, I hope to start a few flowers and herbs directly in flats.
June and July are hot and muggy months in Florida. It's a challenge to grow veggies this time of year. Right now, we have okra, basil and thyme, and I'm planting calabaza squash to test how it does in the heat of summer. Elderberries are ripening in June, and old-garden roses grow all summer, as long as they are watered well.
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