It’s official, the 2013 edible gardening season has begun. I have already planted lots of seeds, mostly for onions and herbs, but the season doesn’t officially start for me until I plant seeds in real soil in the garden. On Monday, I spent time planting a large section of spinach.
Of course, I couldn’t just plant spinach seed, curiosity always gets the best of me. It’s a common theory that soaking certain seeds will make them germinate faster. Soaking them in a diluted kelp liquid is supposed to make them germinate even faster yet.
On Monday there were a few different cups of spinach seeds soaking, one in plain water, on in diluted liquid kelp. I planted both 12 rows of each of these and 10 of unsoaked seed. What variety of spinach did I plant? ‘Space’ from Johnny’s Seeds, which is supposed to be a good cold tolerant spinach.
I must admit, I hope that the regular seed germinates just as fast, soaking seeds is a bit of a pain. It’s much more difficult to plant wet seeds with precision. Drying them on a paper towel first helped a lot, the seeds were much easier to handle when they weren’t dripping with water. It is still a little inconvenient to do this, especially if you’re planting a large section of spinach.
After planting, the row was covered with greenhouse plastic over hoops. This is the same bed that was covered last week before the snow to help the soil stay dry and warm for planting. It’s amazing the difference this made, had I not done this, there would be no planting of spinach until most likely 2 weeks from now. The soil in the rest of the garden is still frozen solid and covered with a few inches of snow. It will take a while for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw and dry out enough for planting seeds.
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