Within every seed is life, but to get that life to sprout has some garden hobbyists on edge.
“A lot of gardeners are chomping at the bit and ready to get out there,” Forsyth County extension agent Heather Kolich said.
To jump-start the growing season, Kolich lead a workshop on seed propagation Feb. 19.
“Those attending the workshop are going to learn the secret of the seed and the science of germination,” she said. “They’re going to learn how to handle those seedlings and to keep them healthy.”
Seed propagation is a great way to grow more plants on a small budget. A pack containing about 20-30 seeds costs less than one transplant ready to be placed in the ground, Kolich said.
Another way to save money is to save seeds from a plant that did well the previous year, she added.
Not only allowing gardeners to save money, growing vegetables and flowers from seeds offers a gardener more options.
“A lot of times you’ll go looking for a special vegetable you want to transplant in your garden that won’t be carried as a popular variety that is available at your big-box stores or even at your local garden centers,” Kolich said.
Farmer David White said everyone makes growing more difficult than it should be.
“Most people are intimidated by seeds because they think there is some big secret to it,” the Lula farmer said. “The secret to the seed is held inside the seed itself. All you have to do is give it the right conditions and it does the rest.”
White, who grows about 200 varieties of plants on an acre and a half, said for a seed to grow it only needs to find dirt, moisture and the right climate conditions.
White, owner of It Began with a Seed farm, can be found selling his crops at the local Hall County Farmers Market. The market is set to open May 5.
Starting a seed indoors takes about six to eight weeks before the plant is mature enough to be transplanted.
Kolich recommends warm season vegetables be planted after April 15.
“We’re going to do some hands-on stuff, so they are going to partially seed a seeding flat that they’ll take home with them,” she said.
For information on upcoming workshops, call the Forsyth County Extension office at 770-887-2418 or email uge1117uga.edu.
For information on upcoming classes or events at the Hall County Extension Office, email email@example.com or call 770-535-8293.