On a sunny day earlier in the week when my motivation was much higher, I decided it was time to get some seeds started for the summer. The seed trays came out of their dusty hiding place and fortunately I still had seed starting mix so I wasn't derailed from my project by having to run out and get supplies. It was a warm day for January and a great day to be outside, which was perfect since filling the trays can be a messy job.
I have to insert a note here: you can also purchase soil "plugs" to fit into the seed starting trays that you just drop the seeds into and water. They are extremely convenient and less messy than the soil mixes, but based on my previous experience I don't recommend them. One year I did do an experiment comparing the plugs to regular seed starting mix. The seeds started in the plugs produced seedlings that were weak and spindly and had significantly less root development. They are also much more expensive than a bag of seed starting mix.
|chile peppers and flowers|
|chiles, chiles and more chiles|
|grow, baby, grow|
Based on the germination rates, seeds that don't do well will be discarded this year. I need to get the stockpile down so I can justify ordering more. I am a sucker for those gorgeous, colorful seed catalogs!