When you last sowed seeds did you make sure the seed starting mix had been sterilized?
How about the container you put it in? Did you make sure it was clean, too?
And lighting? Did you pay attention to whether the seeds needed light or dark to germinate and adjust the light accordingly?
Soil temperature? Did you get a warming mat to make sure that the soil wasn’t too cold?
Of course you paid attention to watering, too? Not too much and not too little?
And did you make sure the seeds were planted at just the right depth?
Those tiny seeds, like petunia seeds, sure seem difficult to sow and grow, don’t they?
Well, then, explain this!
A petunia is growing in the cracks of my patio. I surely didn’t plant it there! It sprouted from an errant seed that came from who knows where. With no soil sterilization, actually no soil to speak of, no special container, no regulated temperature, no precise watering and whatever light the sun decided to shine upon it, this petunia seed germinated, grew and flowered.
Seeds will germinate and plants will grow even and sometimes especially without a gardener trying to control everything around them. Our role as gardeners isn’t so much to provide perfect conditions for all the plants we grow but to just bring a little order to nature.
That’s the lesson of the petunia in the patio.