Monday, February 19, 2007

Temptation, Thy Name is Seed Packet


So, how many have you already bought? I cannot resist these Little Envelopes of Hope :)


Can you see that I'm planning to ramp up the Thyme Presence in the garden this year?


and that I have a Love of Sunflowers? Peach Passion Sunflowers? There simply was nothin' this Georgia Girl could do to resist :) ....


and these?



a couple more...

and this year I solemnly promise to open...and plant...all of these packets...and any more that have yet to make their way to Number 17...
Usually most of the seed packets I purchase wind up languishing for a couple of years on the fridge door's topmost shelf (did I say for for a couple of years?) until I toss them into the compost heap hoping for a miracle...The whole teeny seed thing intimidates me...and starting seeds indoors? sheer terror...well, the terror has lost a little of its edge, but I feel safe going with "extreme reluctance"...
One year, I ventured into the whole indoor seed starting with 2 trays of lavender seeds...I babied those things, obsessed over them...and then killed them the first time I dragged them outside to "harden off"...weeks and weeks of coddling and watching right down the drain...thus ended my brief foray into indoor seed starting operations...
If I shake a seed packet and instead of hearing a sturdy little rattle of seeds hear a little soft "whooshing", then right back onto the rack goes that packet...fool me once...
But, I am about to give it another go...Our son has decided that he would like to grow his own peppers and tomatoes...and I, wanting to encourage this baby step towards gardening, wanly smiled and said "Great" while thinking more along the lines of "of all the seeds in all the seed racks in the world, why'd he have to pick peppers and tomatoes?"...I think the only think that might have made my face turner a shade paler would have been a dastardly lavender seed packet*...
I did try an end run around the Ps & Ts...shoving a packet of squash seeds into his face, "Hey, you like squash!"...and "Look! Beans...these are E-A-S-Y"...but he wasn't buyin' it...
So...there is a now one of those plastic seed greenhouse contraptions sittin' on the front porch, waiting...watching and waiting...waiting and watching...for me to gather up my courage and forge ahead...
*Disclaimer: I do not hate lavender...in fact, right now I have 8 fat little lavender plants riding in the back of the mega-mega mini-van waiting for this cold snap to abate so I can plant them out...I just hate starting itty bitty die-deader-than-a-doornail seeds...and wasting all those weeks

3 comments:

PG said...

Put courgette (zuchinni) plants on your compost heap and you will spawn monsters...
It gets really scary when you find old packs of seed from ten years ago, I have found three packs of the same bean variety in the seed chest, as if one gets a memory blank when faced with a rack of gorgeous packs, but, as you say, who can resist them?

Me said...

Maybe not that many - lets see - I will go count - nineteen and they all reside in the pretty little box I decoupaged with seed catalog art. I will certainly have at least twice that before May when I can start planting.

Mrs. G said...

okay, now I had to count, too :)

28...(that big bulky white envelope are heirloom seeds for our area, but I'm counting them as "1")...

it's all about the journey...