Research on supplies, materials, seeds, and techniques
- [Baker Creek]: Heirloom and rare seeds. A massive variety of interesting (and eye-catching) plants. Unclear exactly how much more difficult these are to cultivate than the more basic varieties. They have a concise [growing guide] for most of the species I plan to grow.
- [Botanical Interests]: Basic seeds that seem more mainstream than the wild and rare varieties. They are available at the local garden store and affordable, so I usually find myself with many of their seed packets in my cache. They also a [sowing guide]. They have both vegetables and flowers.
- [Wild Seed Project]: A Maine-based native plant-focused seed organization that focuses primarily on pollinators. I currently have dozens of their seeds in a winter box in the back. Fingers crossed until Spring.
- [Sow True Seed]: Open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seeds. They also have mixes for sprouted seeds. They have [in-depth growing guides] for specific plants that include harvesting seeds for next planting.
There are a number of commercial starter tray/pot options. I first got a few dozen pressed-peat starters. I am inclined to just use household materials and recyclables to make as many as I can. There are methods to make [plant pots out of newspaper].
I’ve found that the compost I ordered in bulk is too dense and rough to start seeds - they’ve done far better in a loose and soft soil.