I can totally relate. If you've saved your seeds and have plenty, and seeing them germinate gives you pleasure, you can always just give them to the compost gods and direct seed when the time comes and you haven't really lost anything. Alternatively, you can feed that need by growing some sprouts on your window ledge and adding them to dishes as a garnish or more. I often do that with sunflower seeds at this time of year. Also, when I've remembered to plan ahead and save some walking onion tops, I will put them in my south window. Outside at this time of year, they tend to get picked on by the slugs (my garden snakes are hibernating - darn them!). It's not as if they will produce a huge crop in the window, but they produce enough to add to a sandwich or some potato salad. Both of these approaches help me hold off on starting seeds that I know really won't do all that well - but I soooo... recognize the temptation of which you speak!
I feel so very impatient. I want Spring to come.
Jay Angler wrote:... Alternatively, you can feed that need by growing some sprouts on your window ledge and adding them to dishes as a garnish or more. I often do that with sunflower seeds at this time of year. ...
Jay Angler wrote:I've also got *very* heavy deer pressure. This limits my planting to protected areas. My attempts at redirecting the deer using plants they don't like has not succeeded reliably enough to count on it. This further restricts my available space, so if I'm trying to make every sq. foot count, starting most of my seeds in pots gives me better odds of success.
Off the topic, but have you considered planting things they DO like, but away from your food garden? Give them a path to follow with treats all along it, and you might have them skipping your area entirely.
Julie Reed wrote:Luckily tomatoes and peppers like to be transplanted. They grow better root systems than when they are direct seeded, especially if you transplant an inch deeper each time.