I have a serious case of plant-a-seed-aholism. If I have a seed, I have to plant it–them–many, many of them.
It starts off so innocently. You have this cute little packet of seeds with the beautiful picture on the front.
You don’t even eat basil, but, gee, that’s a pretty plant. I’ll learn some dishes to use basil in. Let me plant just a few seeds.
A few seeds sprinkled on some soil becomes quite a few seedlings.
So many seedlings, in fact, that you decide to share the wealth. You have this Master Gardener friend who is starting seeds in a greenhouse and you think, gee, wouldn’t it be cool to have my little babies mixing it up with other seedlings in a real greenhouse. So, you decide to give some seedlings to your Master Gardener friend. But between the time you leave home and you get to the greenhouse, you give them away to your classmates because you’ve been given some plants and you want to give back a little (sorry, Gregory).
Of course, plant person that you are, you save a few plants for yourself.
They’re on the right-hand side. You also got some cute patio basil.
You think these are way cuter than the regular basil, so you start a few of those seeds. They’re in the egg carton on the left. Those “few” seeds grew into 20 plus potential plants. And still, I don’t eat basil.
I do, however, eat tomatoes and planted a few tomato seeds.
Just a few seeds planted in a row down one side of the window box. Just a few. I still have just a few more to transplant.
And since a few more seeds could be planted with the tomatoes in the window box, I planted just a few pepper seeds. Which now reside here…
… so I can make room for more pepper seeds of the heirloom variety (thanks, Annie’s Granny). I’ll have to admit to a severe case of plant-a-seed-aholism here because I only had 12 pepper plants last year, and I still have peppers in the freezer.
Oh, yeah. I can’t forget about the habaneros.
Exactly 12 plants of the hottest peppers on earth, which I don’t use. My father-in-law does and I grew these plants from a store-bought pepper which I saved the seeds and planted the seeds. Just a few more seeds.
A few petunia seeds…
…seeds that are slightly larger than dust particles.
A few collard, lettuce and broccoli seeds (seriously in need of transplanting)…
And, of course, a few marigold seeds…
But plant-a-seed-aholism is a benign disease with beneficial side effects.
- You scratch the gardening itch while it’s still too cold to plant outside
- You save money…which I can’t say too many times
- When the weather warms up and you can finally transplant, you get an instant garden
On second thought, no intervention needed. I’m willing to live with my disease.