Spring Sowing in the Stillroom

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
 It's time for seed sowing around here. I love, love, love springtime and one of my very favorite things in the whole world is planting herb seeds in tiny pots during late winter in anticipation of spring.

Seeds are a great way to begin or add to your herb collection. They are inexpensive, easily obtainable, and many herbs are simple to grow from seed.

12 herbs that I grow from seed:
  1. Basil
  2. Borage
  3. Calendula 
  4. Catnip
  5. Chives
  6. Cilantro
  7. Dill
  8. Echinacea
  9. Hyssop 
  10. Lemon Balm
  11. Nettle
  12. Parsley
There are lots of places to purchase seeds. I suggest your local herb shop, nursery, or natural grocery store for starters- it's convenient, and you will be supporting local small businesses. 
If you need to order by catalog or online, here are a few websites I've ordered from:
Do you have a favorite place to buy seeds? Please share it in the comments!  
Today I planted seeds for poppies (love, love, love poppies), bachelor's button, sage, and nasturtium, along with some flowers- aster, hollyhock, morning glory. Dill and Cilantro were sown last week and more will be planted as it gets closer to our last projected frost date, which is March 31st.
I am already seeing a few signs of spring- mints are unfurling new green leaves, hyacinths are in bloom, and the oregano has new growth just beginning to show. Oh, and the dandelions are popping up new green leaves all over. Just about time for a spring tonic! 
What signs of spring are showing in your part of the world? 
Are you planting seeds indoors or out, and what new thing are you growing this year?
My want-to-plant list is always much longer than my growing space can hold- this is the year of the flower for me. I'm planting lots of flowering herbs, edible flowers and the like this year. 
Happy seed sowing! 
Herbal Blessings,

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