When the Garden Started
For me, I think it started with the free seeds
end of school
and a few weeks later
Or maybe it was the smell
of the sweet peas Gramp planted
outside Gram’s bedroom window
when I was six.
Or something good to eat.
— Russell Libby
Spring Equinox has arrived, yet the ground has barely begun to yield to the sun’s lengthening warmth. It remains inhospitable to planting directly, and those vegetables that need the extra time are given a head start indoors. There’s a kind of intimacy in starting something from seed, and it’s hard to believe how these tiny bundles of energy will transform themselves into their more mature and recognizable state, and turning into something good to eat. Above: Seed from John’s Pomodorini Piennolo saved from last season, as when we started, simply dried on paper.
Above: Brilliant Celeriac seeds from Fedco.
Above: Rossa Lunga di Tropea Onion seeds from Fedco.
Above: Pingtung Long Eggplant seeds from Fedco.
Above: Orion Fennel seeds from High Mowing.
Above: Bandit Leek seeds from High Mowing.
Above: French Marigold seeds from Botanical Interests.
I know nothing about planting, I’m trying to plant coriander because I can’t find fresh coriander here in Sicily. Would you know when it’s a good time to plant the seeds, do I need to water them often?
We grow coriander outdoors in big pots during the growing season, and indoors during winter. I’d imagine you’d be able to grow them year-round in Sicily, preferring a cool spot with plenty of moisture. The tricky part is to keep it from bolting, though the flowers are themselves edible and will then produce coriander seed. Worth trying in any case!
Ok, I’ll try. Thank you.
What a beautiful post. Seeds are so interesting.
Thank-you! We never tire of watching the seeds come to life!