Planting cucumber seeds was one one of the first tasks given to me during my starting week at Delaney Community Farm outside of Denver, CO....
Planting cucumber seeds was one one of the first tasks given to me during my starting week at Delaney Community Farm outside of Denver, CO. They were the first seeds I’d ever planted, and I was to drop them in several 30 foot rows that I had just carved with a hoe.
I was horrified at the idea of releasing these tiny, baby seeds into that dry, crumbly soil. It seemed simply impossible that they would know how to grow and survive in such seemingly harsh conditions.
Sure enough, they sprouted, grew, and matured into fabulous slicers and picklers. And with them grew my fascination with the knowledge that I can really grow something big from a tiny seed.
I highly encourage you to plant a few of your vegetables from seed this spring. You can expose yourself to far more variety than what’s available that week at the nursery. It can be cheaper than buying seedlings, though potting soil can add up as an expense. It’s also a fascinating science project and an exercise in patience and care.
This is a great time to plant one final succession of cool season crops in the Northern CA area (though this weather is making me want to start the tomatoes and melons!). Don’t have a greenhouse? Try a windowsill.
Tips for starting veggie seeds: