Starting Seeds 2019

hey everybody welcome to 2019 hillside

gardener back with you episode number

two all right so a couple years ago you

know wintertime blue start kicking in I

figured January first I'm gonna start a

tradition I'm gonna start a start just a

couple seeds make it kind of like you

know it's a new year starts new seeds

some new growth

whatever just something to see see

growing in the window still kind of

break up the snow and the cold and the

dreary days okay so this is about your

four so keeping with tradition I'm gonna

plant some seeds behind me I got my set

up right here that's pretty basic right

now I got the one main UV light off so

you get that nice purple glow I got to

see things on the heat matter over here

and you can tell there's already little

condensation so I said I was going to

start on January first but I couldn't

wait but the reason why I started

thinking too you know because there's

nothing else to do besides think about

spring when it's wintertime is you know

December 21st is actually the first day

well take that back that's the longest

night of the year so the 22nd whatever

spring is approaching starting on the

21st so I went ahead and planted a

couple seeds on December 21st just to

get a head start

why not but I'm also going to do some

today on the first what I have decided

I'm gonna try to start this year yeah

give this in the picture


Chinese chives from Baker Creek I got

those some sweet basil did some seeds

from last year they're still good

these are saved seeds for my white boot

Jolokia we're also known as a ghost

pepper these smooth phenotype just to

make it weird because I always pick

something that's strange or unusual

wisteria yeah let's hope that doesn't

get too big before spring I can put it

outside whatever and these if you can

see these right here are Japanese maple

seeds I collected from I'm gonna spell

on the floor some seeds I collected from

the tree on my block here and they've

been stratifying in the refrigerator

since October November when they and

they were collected hopefully it's been

long enough they may sprout the may not

but it's also January so you have time

to retry you know me okay something go

ahead and uh cool so here let me show

you what I have growing right now inside

of my little grow box here

don't zoom in


all right so give some heliotrope flower


nothing else is sprouted but look right

here if you look right there those are

two of my personal cross these are a a

serrano that I crossed with the Thai

pepper these would make them f2 yeah kid

you not there was nothing in this at all

sprouted until this morning when I

checked so I think they knew they were

going to be on camera so they decided

they would show up but I just noticed

this one a few minutes ago before

filming you can see right there that is

extra special

that's an extra extra rare pepper that

is a Galapagos nc hope I said that right

but a pepper that is native to the

Galapagos Islands one of the most rare

peppers in the world

I had five seeds I tried to grow it last

year and none of them germinated

whatsoever I put these in and they

sprouted well one of them has so far

that is awesome I will be taking extra

care you care about that one to keep

that one alive and well



all right so let's go ahead and get


and the way I plant seeds may be

different than other people but that's

just what I do is what I found that it

works the best for me and my situation

but this is what I do hopefully you get

some uh some pointers try it out maybe

it works for you

we'll find out so what we'll do at least

how I do it anyways in this starter tray

here I have divided out a little note

card here with with the checkerboard

pattern and in that I will put down the

name of the C I plant the way I don't

get things confused that way you can

kind of cross-reference what you have

going on there but when it comes time to

transplant these out and then you can

put them in individual pots because it

just makes more sense to start more

varieties than one thing spread it out

then you can also reuse the starter tray

for the next batch of seedlings and that

way you get a succession of things

growing where you don't get overwhelmed

trying to earthing all the ones so that

being said I already have this written

down up here what I'm going to do so

this is the galapagos pepper and right

next to it I have Japanese maple so I'm

placing these directly on top


all right got three there now you're

gonna see the method to my madness here

very soon just bear with me so I went

ahead and I planted all the seeds out

I'll show you what I have right here you

can tell the maple seeds are on top you

can kind of see the pepper seeds on top

here these are the wisteria seeds I'm

gonna plant that is basil and those are

chives which are hard to see in this

light and they don't really stand out

against the soil anyways so you're

probably asking yourself shouldn't you

put those in the dirt should have made a

little hole did something that you know

put them in there I don't do that this

is how I do it it's always worked for me

and I think it's better in the long run

for the plants because nowhere in nature

does someone go around digging a hole

playing seeds so I'm trying to replicate

the natural process or at least maybe

I'm I think I am I don't know okay so

what I do is I get my seeds like this

and I use pre-moistened soil

pre-moistened being the key you put dry

soil on top of this water just gonna

beat off of it it's not gonna it's not

gonna work so pre-moistened soil pack

that in and you know use the suggested

planting depth this is a quarter-inch

leave a quarter-inch this says an eighth

of an inch 810 inch plants on top of

this soil like you some plants need

sunlight or any kind of light source for

them to sprout you know use your best

judgment and plan accordingly so I do

this okay so that way I can press them

down in they're all nicely pressed in

tucked in do two and what I do is

because like I said I don't plant all

these seeds at one time so we I keep it

keep track of everything not only don't

use a note card I will use yes you can

use sand I use vermiculite because it

stands out I'll sprinkle just a little

bit on top hey I guess little Vince you

will work into the soil and help the

plant with

but it's gross and everything but it

also lets me know where I have something

planted so I can keep checking for it

so these ones I've planted previously

you can still see the Ramayana it's kind

of starting to work itself in through

watering etc well there you go

so just give these guys a little bit of

water no big deal it's already the soil

is pretty wet to begin with give these

guys a little bit of water down here

just just because all right so there you


all right all the thing I left to do is

put the plastic dome back on the heating

pad is in little makeshift oh there we

go little sunroom here since I it's got

aluminum foil along this shelf these

little strip LED lights that keeps

falling down but they seem to be a

little better shot up there there see

it's keeps the light in there a little

bit and then of course I have the lamp

then I'll put on over top but that's

really hard to see while filming I gives

a horrible purple reflection off

everything so it's not easy to see

what's going on but there you go

2019 January 1st planting some seeds get

in the air I started off on the right on

the right foot thanks for watching

hopefully that inspired somebody to

plant something because it's gonna be a

couple more months for spring lease

where I'm at hopefully you're lucky and

your spring comes sooner than mine but

in the meantime I hope you guys enjoyed

and we'll see you next time

thanks for tuning in back