… have started to sprout in their little seed trays.
And my mother, a resourceful and eccentric person (okay now you know where I got it from) sent me some of what we believe are garlic bulbils from my grandmother’s garden, which had started to sprout in the bag she collected them in. I put some in soil yesterday, and one of the little sprouts I swear has already gained a few millimeters. Can’t take a photo yet because my little digital camera can’t focus that close on something so small.
Notes on germination ~ the onion is showing very slow, and low germination rates. I have read that the best results are attained with warm soil and a humidity dome over top (or even a plastic bag slung over the soil until the sprouts start to pop up), neither of which I did. Warming the soil is best achieved with a low, direct heat to the underside of the seed flats; electric germination mats are available store-bought, and I believe that jerry-rigged versions are documented on the internet for anyone who wants to build their own. Just don’t have the resources or time this year to try to DIY some mats, but that will definitely be something to try in future years!
As for the lavender – I don’t know. There’s not a lot of useful information on the internet about starting lavender from seed, and many people are discouraging about even trying it; yet I remember growing some beautiful Yellow Lavender plants from organic seeds in BC. These seeds this time were collected from a garden; maybe I didn’t store them properly, or collect fertile seeds.