And today I planted the first plant of the year.
Rhubarb. Glaskins Perpetual to be exact. From Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. My favorite seed company.
I read somewhere on Pinterest that Rhubarb starts sprouting sometime in February outdoors, and first cutting is ready in March, April. So I decided I better get a move on.
We were gifted some rhubarb last summer by a coworkers of Mike's, and we planted it, but it seemed to die off right away. I have hopes that it may come up this year, but just in case I ordered seeds.
Rhubarb seeds are funny looking, and need to be soaked a few hours before planting. I have no idea if one seed grows a big rhubarb plant, or just one stalk. I am still kind of new to this gardening thing. So I soaked 12 seeds for a few hours, and planted them this afternoon indoors. I am hoping I will be able to put them outside early to mid March.
I am also hoping I do a better job at tracking events like today, when I plant the seeds indoors, when I put them outdoors, and when I can start harvesting.
I moved my garden map to excel this year. And I also have a spreadsheet that tracks such gardening details as I mentioned above.
I have high hopes for seed saving this year. I did save some seeds from a Jalapeno pepper that I purchased at the farmers market last year, and plan to plant this year.
For now, here are some very exciting pictures of Rhubarb seed starting. Hopefully in a few more weeks I will have more seeds starting, and Rhubarb growing happily.