Normally I would direct seed sunflowers and soybeans, but because of my voracious chipmunk, I am sowing them at home in trays and will transplant.
Tahumara white (Sand Hill)
Ling’s Grey Stripe (Johnny’s)
Elf’s blend (Botanical Interests)
My soybeans that I planted 2 weeks ago had a germination rate of about 3/30 – bad. Today I remembered that I specifically bought the soybean inoculant and I forgot to use it. Today I added it to the soil as I sowed. I also went ahead and planted 3-4 seeds per cell. I hope to get a good crop.
I mostly eat soybeans as edamame (as an appetizer with salt and directly from the pod). I find that home grown are so much better than store bought – even if they’re frozen. The best varieties of soybeans are developed by commercial growers to ripen all at once. So sometime in mid August, I look forward to a week of lots of fresh-from-the-garden edamame, then for a month or so, I have fresh frozen. Then … its back to the store again …
The sunflowers are an experiment. Sunflowers don’t transplant well. I’ve killed them several times trying to move volunteers. But I’ve also bought potted plants and they transplanted fine. I wanted to use peat pots, but didn’t have any left. So I used regular plastic seed cells. I’ll be try to be careful to not disturb the roots when transplanting.