Seedlings Seeking Space in Sunny Garden
Two years ago, my wife, Sonia, brought home a packet of Pimiento de Padrón seeds from The Spanish Table in Berkeley, my first experience with planting anything from seed. I guess I did something wrong because only two seedlings made it. From those first peppers, we were able to save lots of seeds. With (some) experience under the belt, 2009 gave us a bumper crop of these delicious peppers.
This year, deciding to branch out, we have planted not only Padróns, but also seeds saved from last year’s Ararat basil, and wonderfully sweet Caspian Pink and Brandywine heritage tomatoes. Presently, they are all growing happily on sunny window sills. In about three weeks, the plants and weather should be just right for a spot in our garden.
There is pleasure in planting and seeing things grow, especially when started from seed. Don’t know why we haven’t tried it sooner. A bonus is the fun of sharing extra seedlings with friends and relatives who also enjoy gardening.
For more information about Padróns, see my previous post, “The Fun of Planting and Plating Padrón Peppers.”