That being said, it is time to get your perennial seeds started. I will be blogging quite a bit this year and I hope to write some motivational blogs (so to speak) to get the new gardeners more dirty or the procrastinating gardener (me!) to task. The task today, or to be fair, this month, is to start those perennial herbs.
You want to start these herbs now in January because they take a long time to germinate and a good amount of time to grow to size for transplanting outdoors. Plus it gives you something to do now.
You can see you will need the basic supplies of seed trays and starter mix. I mentioned in a Vegetable Garden Tip, to pre-moisten your starter mix. You also have to wash you seed trays and cells if your are recycling last year's models. It is recommended you wash them with a 10% bleach solution. I thoroughly washed mine with soap and water.
|Seed Starting some Perennial Herbs: Gary Pilarchik|
|Wash Your Seed Trays and Cells (10% Bleach Solution): Gary Pilarchik|
|A Grow Closet for Starting Seeds: Gary Pilarchik|
|Set Up Your Vegetable Seed Cells and Trays: Gary Pilarchik|
|Fill Them Once, Pack the Cell, Fill Again: Gary Pilarchik|
|Seed Trays Ready for Planting: Gary Pilarchik|
|Perennial Seeds Planted and Labelled: Gary Pilarchik|
|Bottom Water You Seed Cells: Gary Pilarchik|
|Seed Trays in a Grow Closet: Gary Pilarchik|
The seeds don't need light for the first 5 days and probably longer but you don't want to risk leggy seedlings. The perennial herbs can take up to 3-4 weeks to germinate, so be patient. The beauty of a grow closet is I can set a light timer, check the water every few days and just close the door. You want your plants to get 10-12 hours of grow light - light. The plants should sit 1-3 inches beneath the bulbs.
|The Hidden Grow Closet: Gary Pilarchik|