Wow, I hope not to have too many more of these type days. 13 hours at work plus almost two hours of commuting is 15 hours. I swore I could get done a huge project today if I worked straight through, but I spent too much time working out HOW I was going to do the project that time ran out on me. I need to go in very early to finish it by noon, despite an hour plus meeting at 9:30... yeah right.
Anyway, since I got home after dark, no pics today. Go figure. Fortunately not much should have changed since I took pics last night. What I can talk about is the research I got done today. I read on the bus. For quite a while I've been reading Steve Solomon's How to Grow Veggies West of the Cascades. Today I've been reading all about seeds. I find it very interesting that home gardeners get shafted by seed companies. Seems the minimum legal germination rate for home seeds is 75% in the perfect conditions of a laboratory up to 6 months prior to packaging. For farmers, they are required to field test them and even inform the farmer the % germination in the field. So farmers pay extra for 90% germination seeds but we pay the who knows what for whatever % they want to give us. Did I mention that at 75%, under ideal conditions you can expect 50% to germinate. Farmers planting 90% seeds have a 75% germination rate under poor conditions... Now this guy was a big wig at Territorial Seed, where I got most of my seeds. I wonder what % my Jade Bush Beans were. I got far less than 50% germination, knowing that it was less than ideal conditions with the cold spring and early summer.
But here's a question maybe Tim can answer. He recommended the book to me. So far, Mr. Solomon's repeatedly stated that when you're planting seeds that you've got one shot and one shot only to get a seed to sprout. I find that incredibly wrong, especially in our area. I find it completely forgiving on timing. If it weren't I couldn't succession plant like I have. Of course I haven't finished the book, but I must be missing something. I mean, my brother planted his tomatoes last year in early March and got monster plants. This year he planted in June and is doing fine. I call that forgiving. /shrug
Well, time to hit the sack so I don't sleep in (like I've been doing of late). Bad Rich. hehe.
Enjoy your garden!