File under: "lost in translation"
I love double entendre'. When a statement or phrase can have multiple meanings, and they are both true, I feel like I'm really getting more bang for the grammatical buck. "Nerd", you say?
One recurring problem I have in my garden efforts involves timing seed starts. I either don't pay enough attention to the calendar and miss a prime planting opportunity, or I second guess conventional wisdom and start seeds too early & too late for the optimal effect. I read the almanacs and the gardening blogs that post their recommended planting dates and somehow I always get the idea that my situation is different, or I misunderstand what the experts are trying to convey. The net effect is that I often get something wrong and plant success eludes me.
If I actually manage to get a few flats of seeds going and they appear healthy - the battle is hardly won. It is way too easy to lose a transplant between the tray and the garden plot. Seedlings and baby roots are very fragile things and any number of common factors can give them cause to keel over. I have lost hundreds of potential plants in the translation from one format to another. This is where planting from seed reveals itself as a true art form. Light, Temperature, Moisture, Medium, pH, and a dozen other important variables seem to align themselves against our gardening dreams.
So, I traditionally spend these few weeks in January researching all the tips and tricks I may have forgotten since the last time I started seeds in flats in the hopes that this year I will finally understand and execute the plan with greater success.
Youtube videos have been especially helpful recently and I thought I might recommend a pair of "youtubers" that I have been growing with vicariously for the last few seasons. The husband and wife team of Kevin & Sarah from "The Living Traditions Homestead" do a great job of documenting their efforts (both successes and failures) for the benefit of like-minded folks like us. Their videos are clear, concise, and in plain language so many can understand the process and the details of everything they do. I highly recommend that you check them out if you never have before. (This endorsement is my personal opinion and no one has received any compensation for it.)
Another really cool thing you may not know is that Kevin & Sarah have opened an Etsy store where they are beginning to make some resources available to the public at a reasonable cost. I just bought their seed starting tips for veggies, herbs, and flowers for only $2. I am hoping to glean from their experience planting seeds. They live in a different state and USDA planting zone, but the tips are based on "last frost date" and the notes alone are worth way more than two bucks.
Now, since I know we all enjoy the freebies, I will be posting my own seed-starting calendar for 2022 on January 15th. As always, it will be based on Zone 8 for our East Texas "neighborhood". Stay psyched, think ahead, and learn as much as you can now. Spring is not that far away!