The Rewarding Activity of Planting


Joseph Rippo, Staff Writer

Summer is just around the corner, providing most that have some extra free time, to do exciting and rewarding activities. Specifically, this time of year allows for the successful planting and growing of many types of plants, from flowers to fruits to vegetables. Not only is planting rewarding, but it can also be extremely cheap if you know how to get seeds for free. One way to do this is through Seed Libraries, one of which is provided at our very own Lindenhurst Memorial Library. According to the library’s website, an individual can choose up to five different seed packets, such as “basil, parsley, lettuce, tomato, eggplant, cucumber, peppers, beets, kale, swiss chard, broccoli, peas, beans, zucchini squash, butternut squash, [and] sunflowers.”

Once you acquire seeds, it is crucial to understand how to germinate them fast, and effectively. While simply burying several seeds in the soil, and watering them, does usually result in a few seedlings emerging, there are more efficient methods. For example, the paper towel method. This is done by first taking a paper towel and soaking it under the sink. Then, squeeze it until it is no longer dripping but remains wet. This is to prevent mold from forming if too much water was present. Next, sprinkle the packet of seeds onto the paper towel keeping each seed from being too close or touching one another to prevent entangling when the roots form. Finally, put the paper towel into a plastic container, or inside a plastic bag, and place it on a windowsill, preferably facing South for the most sunlight.

Depending on the plant, germination could be seen within a few days to a few weeks. Once germination does occur, you can directly place the seedlings into the soil, and throw out all the seeds that didn’t grow. Once you have planted, continue to care for the plant appropriately depending upon its specific needs. Good luck!