I wish I could say the baby plants in my garden are the seedlings I started this year, grown big and strong. But, I can't.
Because once again, all of my seeds either failed to germinate or died off in their infantile green stages. I've read so much, try different techniques each time I start them, and really want to be successful at this seedling growing thing. But for the 4th year in a row, I've ended up with a bunch of dead plants and had to go to the nursery to buy babies to plant. I'd like to get past this black thumb of mine and be able to actually plant the seeds I've gotten.
It's weird. My mother is really, really good at seed starting. So I ask her for advice, do as she recommends and still nothing! I've seen her start hoards of healthy, well producing plants in less than ideal conditions. Yet, I can't get them to grow in my aptly lit and ideal kitchen.
While I seem to have inherited her love of gardens, green growing things and working in the dirt I sure as hell didn't inherit her skills in it!