Seeds are My Kryptonite
by Jarad Johnson
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring. I'm ready for gardening and plants, and the end of cold and wet weather. But through the course of the winter, I bought some seeds to start in my garden this year; actually, I bought a lot of them, hence the title of this post. I bought them, five or six (or ten, whoops!) at a time. I bought herbs and perennials, flowers and vegetables, and I tried to get lots of things for bees and pollinators. I have a particular fondness for climbing vines, and I bought four of those. Some of the more interesting ones (to me at least) include a plant called Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, which grows up to eight feet tall, Agastache Navajo Sunset (a vibrant orange variety that attracts bees and butterflies), Saint John's Wort (which will look very appropriate in a cauldron I have), and the herb stinging nettle (which is often regarded as a weed but actually has lots of nutrients in it as well as antihistamine properties, and has been compared to spinach).
I'll be starting some of my seeds indoors in the next couple of weeks, and before buying an excessive amount of seeds I was not aware what a tricky business seed starting can be. Some seeds need to be stored in the fridge for several weeks before they can germinate, some need to be soaked overnight, and some need to sown on top of the soil. In that way, seeds are like cats: temperamental.
You'd think with so many packets that I would be at a loss where to put everything, but no: I know where each and every one of them is going, because when I'm bored in class, this is what I think about. It's much more entertaining than learning about grammar, in my opinion.
So there you have it. My name is Jarad, and I'm a seedaholic.
Jarad is the co-administrator and writer for Sacred Chickens, attends college at MTSU, loves tea and gardening, and tries to spend every spare second reading. Jarad is an English major. Bless his heart! Let's all light a candle for him and send him happy thoughts!