For gardeners, March and April are months dedicated to sowing. Sowing, planting, gestures practiced since the dawn of time, concrete acts of a vegetable activity aiming at abundance. For those itchy seedlings, could confinement not represent an opportunity to step up?
Soon three weeks of confinement and trenches dug under his parquet floor by going around in circles. Why not take advantage of this more time available to try your hand at sowing? From Methuselah, we sow, with our hearts in our hands. The heroic gesture intended to fill our plates and to arouse abundance, the dream of every gardener. The seeds are a heritage, an investment bank for biodiversity in the vegetable garden, a living wonder.
Keep in touch with nature.
Sowing is a productive activity, all the more so for those confined. There are only advantages to this, as long as you can do this activity away from indoor seedlings’ worst enemy: the cat. Each morning, waking up, short of breath, you will walk a tender gaze over your cups that you will have plenty of time to gaze at. What greenery will have emancipated itself this night? Which other will have developed its first real leaves? You will rediscover (or you will exercise) your paternal or maternal reflexes, making sure that your young shoots lack nothing; you will shed a tear at the withering of one of them by doing penance for having overwatered them. The adventure promises to be beautiful! All the more so since we urged to keep in touch with nature in these times of confinement. And there is still time to sow most of his vegetables. For tomatoes, for example, there will ideally be two months of latency before planting, preferably before the Ice Saints.
Planting is not done hastily. Having the right of life and death over your vegetable kingdom, you owe yourself body and soul to its resilience. You need to start by finding the containers. Some supermarkets may offer the minimum union, right now. Regarding the soil, do not use pure seed-soil: it contains little food for the plants. I prefer a mixture of seedling soil 60%, compost 20 to 30%, and sand or aggregates for drainage. Add a little charcoal powder; this limits the damping-off epidemic if your hand is too heavy for watering.
In supermarkets or by correspondence.
Remain the seeds. With the start of the year being a good time to trade sources, you may already have found what you are looking for. Otherwise, we can always find one or the other reference in the garden center shelves of shops that have remained open. Or even favor mail-order sales Biaugerme, Sativa, Saint-Marthe farm, etc, but this involves risk-taking for the deliverers. And if you are already the happy Cerberus of a vegetable garden, it is better to have stocked up on seeds, especially since it will surely be more difficult to find vegetable plants from professionals after all the precise cuts of these last days, due to confinement. That is the hamster gardener’s first reflex: to build up his seed reserve.
For the confined, the crucial question of location remains. For tomatoes, peppers, or squash to grow out of the ground, you need heat first and then light. The light available in an apartment is not always sufficient, and the seedlings tend to spin, and therefore become fragile. Some indoor gardeners don’t hesitate to carry their seedboxes around the house, depending on the sunlight. A terrace would be ideal; as long as you bring in your seedlings at night, it is still chilly.
And if you manage to overcome all these difficulties, all you have to do is secure a good destiny for your green offspring. Without a vegetable patch, there remains the planter’s solution on the terrace, with the possibility of making a small space a place of abundance and diversity. And to wait a bit before wishing yourself a good appetite.