Miriam Charles uses growing trays called "Accelerated
Propagation Systems" or "APS" from Gardener's
Supply Company www.gardeners.com
These trays come with a capillary mat that draws up
water from the bottom of the tray like a wick to
prevent under/over watering. You’ll find similar trays
at home improvement stores and nurseries or use little
peat pots. Her soil mix for germinating seeds contains
sphagnum peat and vermiculite.
Her seed sources are found online at
www.selectseeds.com and www.thompsonmorgan.com
and the Herb Society of America www.herbsociety.org
where society members can buy from the seed
exchange for $1 a packet.
Easy to start from seed: basil, dill and nasturtium.
Nasturtium seeds can be directly planted into the
garden without seed trays. They are a trailing plant
with beautiful orange and yellow flowers. The flowers
and leaves are edible.
Classes in herb gardening are occasionally available at
nearby botanical gardens. To check with Heathcote in
south Fort Pierce, call 772.464.4672. To reach McKee
Botanical Garden in Vero Beach, call 772.794.0601
Cosmo is one of many bright flowers Charles grows to offset the green of
an herb garden. Cosmo is called an ornamental herb by the Herb Society
of America, and Charles got her seed for it from them.