Seeds come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like mint, are as fine as dust, while some, like marigolds, look like miniature magic wands. Regardless of size and shape:
“Drop a seed in the ground and it wants to grow!”
I read this wonderful truth a few months ago in The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman, and suddenly felt much more at ease about the rapidly approaching growing season. After all, if the seeds WANT to grow, then all we have to do is provide them with the right amount of light, warmth, nutrients, and moisture, and surely they will take root and we will be rewarded with healthy, delicious vegetables and beautiful flowers!
And yet, the question remains:
How much of each of these elements do different plants need to thrive?
There are many answers to this question that we can find print, in conversations with friends in the farming community, or through our own careful observations.
We listen, we water, we transplant, we wait, and we watch quietly as the seeds do the bulk of the work and grow into strong little seedlings.