I’m taking a break from grading and thinking about the garden. I’m not having much luck starting seeds in little pots filled with potting soil. I’ve been reading about starting seeds in moist paper towels but haven’t really found a good guide to doing so…everyone seems to use a different method, none of them are very specific, and most of the instructions contradict the instructions of other sets of instructions. Have any of you guys had good luck with this method and what exactly did you do?
I should note that the potting soil I’ve been able to buy here is far inferior to the potting soil sold in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany. It is much more comparable to the peat mulch you can get there than to potting soil — like peat mulch with lots of small rocks strewn among it.
I’d hoped to have new tomato plants to set out in the beginning of March but that is obviously not going to happen unless I go buy some small plants — one plant for the cost of a whole packet of seeds! If I don’t have established plants by the end of March, though, (and that is pushing it) I won’t have any tomatoes until the fall because it gets hot so quick here. Unfortunately, it is still too chilly to get germination outside and the temperature in my apt is even chillier than the temps outside, so the method of indoor propagation I’ve always used is out.