My garden this year has had a decent run, particularly tomatoes (beefsteak, grape, early girl, and Cherokee purple). My cooler season crops did poorly though, with the exception of the lacinato kale (a partial harvest pictured).
My carrots are still going, and various leafy greens continue and will be harvest ready in a month i imagine. But my radishes, broccoli, and arugula were total failures. We had unusually cold then warm weather early this year, and the cooler summer while nice, has been punctuated by hot and then cool alternations – causing many to bolt. I’m finally on top of planting schedules this year, so I’m taking it one step further to see if I can try my hand at multiple harvests, which is very doable here in temperate Washington.
I’m looking to grow from seed right now, so I want to accelerate the germination a bit. I’ve always had good luck with water soaking, usually warm water (and in the case of some tropicals, nearly boiling) for about 24 hours seems to do the trick quite readily. In fact, unless I direct sow, I always do a water soak first.
However, looking to sow quite a few different types of vegetables, I didn’t want to put them all in one or two big bowls, as this would mess up my planting grid. I couldn’t find anything as useful as what I settled on, which is a small tackle box I had just today emptied of screws (destiny?)
I think an ice cube tray would be better, but we don’t own any on account of having an ice maker built into the fridge. I may have to pick some up though, for the uniformity alone. I used a paper to jot down references to each compartment for later planting (ideally tomorrow). We’ll see how this goes, but I’m happy with the idea so far.