I hope many of you have been able to attend one of my seed starting classes offered on Zoom this year. Each Spring brings new excitement for the possibilities of the Summer garden! My seed starting plan always includes some seeds that I’ve never grown before in addition to the old standbys.
I’m going to try some new products and starting techniques this Spring. Coast of Maine has a seed starting blend called Sprout Island that I’m going to test and compare to their Bar Harbor Blend that I’ve been using for many years. I start small and large seeds with great success and also use it for soil blocking.
For the last few years, I’ve used Neptune’s Harvest Fish and Seaweed Fertilizer on my seedlings and transplants. I only use organic fertilizer on my vegetables, fruits and herbs. For the seedlings, I dilute it to 1/4 to 1/2 the recommended strength so I don’t burn my little babies. This year I’m going to try soaking my seeds in a solution of Neptune’s Harvest fertilizer before planting them. The company recommends 1 teaspoon of their Fish & Seaweed Blend in one cup of water. You soak the seeds until they begin to swell and then put them in your seed starting medium.
If you’d like to try a Neptune’s Harvest product, I have some available in my shop for pick-up in Littleton. I also have an affiliate relationship with them so you can also order directly from the Neptune Harvest website and get a 10% discount on orders of $50 or more plus free shipping!