Saturday, March 15, 2008
The start of the 2008 gardening season!
The garden outside might not be ready for planting yet, but it's time to start the seeds indoors.
Here is what my planting area looked like this morning.
First I laid out my peat pots and my jiffy pots and the seed packets to decide what to plant.
Next, I filled the peat pots with compost that I had dug out of my compost bin this summer and was saving for this. I like the idea of using compost to start seeds instead of a sterile planting mix - but it should be interesting to see what I end up with - strange things may sprout from the compost - I may regret doing it this way this year - or it may be the most brillant idea I've had in awhile......
Then I put masking tape along the edges and marked on it what was in each row.
Then I planted the seeds and poured water over them.
Oh no - floaters! That is what happens with the jiffy pellets sometimes before they expand - they float all over and if they don't stay in neat rows, it might be difficult to tell the difference between the cauliflower, brocolli and brussels sprout seedlings - they tend to look very similar since they are all part of the cabbage family.
I solved the problem by putting some masking tape between the rows. I'll remove the tape once the pellets expand - and then they'll stay in place anyway.
Next, I pulled the lights into a timer. I set the timer for the lights to come on at 6am every morning and off at 8pm.
Then I covered the pots with plastic and lowered the lights down close.
And here is what my planting area looks like this afternoon.