So many seeds…

I got a good jump on my seed starting last night. And as always, I planted too many. I always do. No where is my gardening obsession/plant geekery more apparent than with seeds. I just love them.

Throughout the year I scrape them out of peppers from the grocery, snip them off plants in parking lots, buy them,  trade them, hoard them. Having a seed stash is just a nice way of saying you have a seed hoarding problem. Isn’t it?

As I sift through my stash determining what I want to plant inside now and what I want to sow outside later, my pile always becomes bigger than what my yard will contain. This year was no exception. I know that I have allocated the same square foot to three different plants each needing more space than that. I know that I have done this more than once. Why? I know better, but yet I continue.

Although I have pretty good success with germination of most seeds there is

Kiwi seeds ready to go with very little hope of finding a home once they’ve germinated.

always that bit of uncertainty. What if something doesn’t come up? Then what? How could I possibly handle a bare patch of soil? Besides, I can always add more edibles to my front yard. That’s cool now, right? Plus there’s always a chance someone might not want to use their community garden plot.

As a means of justifying my behavior, I could say that some of what I do is just to gain experience with different types of germination methods. Also I love sharing seedlings with my gardening friends (and sometimes people I barely know). But I know that I am fortunate that the seeds themselves are small and most are very inexpensive if not free. Why you barely notice the four mason jars in the back of the refrigerator of the ziplock bag in the linen closet. I’m also lucky that my obsession isn’t for something like ostriches or alpacas (although come to think of it, raising my own yarn might be cool). My only consolation in all this is that I know I’m not alone. I know there are many of us seed addicts out there. I know some of you see yourself in this post. Stop by and say hello. I’m Kat and I’m a seed addict.

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8 comments for “So many seeds…

  1. at 9:25 am

    Hello, I’m Ferne and I have to say I’m also a seed addict. It is fun raising those plants up from that tiny little package that God sent them to us and then out into the world to spread their roots and grow. I didn’t know you could raise Kiwi’s from seed…something else to save! Great post…I found you from Pinterest, I loved the sign!

    • Kat
      at 6:30 am

      Hi Ferne, Thanks for joining the fun. Yes, you can grow Kiwi’s form seed, but there is a problem. You need both a male and a female kiwi to produce fruit and the ratio of male to female plants from seed is 1 in 9. You also won’t know what you have until they bloom. But of course none of that is going to stop me from trying. I figure I’ll keep them in a pot until I figure out what I have and then go from there.

  2. at 2:34 pm

    Hi, my name is Barb… and I’m a seed addict….. I have big stash waiting on me at any given time….

    • Kat
      at 3:58 pm

      Hi Barb and welcome. There is coffee and donuts over to the left. The Seed Addicts Anonymous meeting will begin shortly. 🙂

  3. Susan Taylor
    at 6:17 pm

    Gosh, I had no idea there were people like me! I too am a seed freak! I cut every vegetable and fruit anticipating the seeds I will get to store, and plant the next year.

    • Kat
      at 1:32 pm

      Always nice to hear from another seed freak. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. at 4:09 pm

    hahah…I grow EVERYTHING from seeds, even asparagus…roses..perrennials..all vegetables…and I live in Las Vegas!

  5. Patti L Crowder
    at 8:57 am

    I thought it was just me that got seeds and roots from parking lots. lol I’ve got a seed stash obsession too. and not enough yard. geez. We should start a seed exchange

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