In a previous post I mentioned that I had started some lavender cuttings which were in small pots. In addition to those I had some small rosemary and lavender plants that I had started from seed using the winter sown method last December and January.
I never got around to planting all of them earlier in the season so they just sat there during the summer and fall. I kept an eye on them in the heat of the summer to make sure they had water when the soil in the pots dried out. After September I just ignored them. All are fine.
Decided to plant everything this morning. Walked around my borders with plants in hand to determine good spots. Then planted.
I got to thinking about how this is definitely a NO STRESS way to plant.
Allow me to explain what I mean by No Stress.
If you’ve ordered or purchased young potted plants (starts or seedlings) within the last year or so — you know how high the price has gone. That limits those of us working within a budget as to how many plants we can buy. And of course, if you’re really into gardening you want more than just say one herb or one perennial — but rather several kinds —- and lots of them. At today’s prices — that can mount up quickly.
Then you get them home — and since you only have one or two of each kind you want to put them in just the right spot to give’em the best chance to flourish and grow. That takes a bit of time in thought and preparation. And of course there’s more time in watching to make sure they’re doing ok and that they don’t dry out and have water while they get started.
If for some reason one or more doesn’t make it — you’re out a nice chunk of change — and if your budget doesn’t allow — you may not be able to purchase more. If your budget does allow for more— you just may decide not to chance it anyway.
I think the bottom line here is that you’re missing out on a lot of fun by not having a lot of plants. After all — life is a learning adventure and if you’re into gardening — you need plants to learn.
If you can relate to what I’ve just said — no worries —- I have a solution.
- Buy seed.
Pinetree is one of the least expensive and has a extensive selection. This will allow you to buy a lot more. You can purchase a package of most herb seed (usually 100 seeds) anywhere from $.95 to $1.95. (At Burpee you’d pay at least $3.95 per package.)
- Start your seed using the winter-sown method.
Even if you’ve never started seed EVER before — it’s easy as pie. I have lots of posts on wintersown and seed starting and if you need a few more questions answered just write to me.
Winter sown is pretty much a “plant-and-ignore” procedure. Gives you lots of time to fit things into your schedule.
- When you reach the last step — which is planting in the garden or border —- there is NO STRESS whatsoever.
At this point — with very little effort — you have LOTS of plants of each herb or perennial or annual that you wanted.
Walk around your borders in spring or fall at a time when it’s cool and the soil is moist. Plant everywhere you think those plants would look good. (You can water them in for good soil to root contact if you want — but it’s not really necessary if the soil is moist.)
- And then pretty much forget them.
Estimating Your Cost and Savings
Yes — you might lose a few.
Let’s say you plant 20 rosemary plants. (About 10 cents each if you paid $1.95 for the seed.) Unless conditions are very poor you’ll probably have half or more make it. (20 cents each) But let’s go with the worse case scenario. —-Say only one makes it. That would bring your cost to about $2 which is still better than $5 to $15.00 per plant at a nursery or online.
I love white candy tuft (iberis) in the spring with bathe’s pink and never seem to get enough of the candy tuft.
This spring I planted candy tuft that had been winter sown in January all around my borders and then just forgot about them. When I was walking around the border planting this morning, I was delighted to see how many candy tufts had made it through and how big the were.
I can hardly wait to see them this coming spring!
No stress here.
You can Plant in December
Organic gardening is easy, effective, efficient — and it’s a lot healthier.
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