We have so many seeds! We started putting a database together in LibreOffice Base, but the software is a little buggy and not as user-friendly as we’d need to really make it work in the time we have.
SO! We’re back to the seed file I put together last year - a long skinny cardboard box with index-card dividers that list the plant’s common name along with some basic timing info - when to seed indoors/outdoors, when to transplant, and how long the plants take to mature.
In addition to that, we’ve got a spreadsheet running with info about seeds - so far mostly ones we’re planning to buy for the upcoming year. A few highlights include:
“Siberia” tomato - Thought they’re described as “inferior” in one seed catalog, we think their positive traits are worth a lot: 10-14 days to maturity, and capable of setting fruit as low as 38F.
Two more varieties of ground cherry (“Loewen Family Heirloom” and “Pineapple”, in addition to the “Aunt Molly’s” that we grew last year). They’re delicious!
“Kamo” eggplant - deep purple, round, and barely larger than an egg.
“Japonica Striped Maize” corn - decorative and can be ground for cornmeal (photo below)
We picked up some peat moss to use as the base of a seed-starting mix for the blocker in combination with compost and some assorted natural fertilizers that I picked up back when City Farm was still in business down the street. I miss having a garden store in the neighborhood. We also grabbed a heat mat (some nightshades need soil temperatures of 80F to germinate reliably - eep!) and LED grow-light bulb (no more leggy seedlings, phew).
All of which is to say, we’re a whole lot better prepared for starting seeds that I was last spring, when I was working with trash-bag-lined trays, salvaged plastic pots, a constant shortage of starting mix, a cold house, and partially-shaded windowsills.
Oh, and here’s a good video about soil blocking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIPg02U82rI