Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Starting Seeds for the Summer Garden

I love seeds…I love the catalogues, I love the packets, I love the instructions about figuring out when to plant, the whole thing. I can pour over them like trading cards, admiring my booty. Several weeks ago a friend of mine told me about a new (to me) seed source. And what a winner! Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – –you can order online or request their beautiful print catalogue. They have an unbelievable selection of heirlooms, no GMO seeds there! And since I’ve practically become a conspiracy theorist on that subject, I was very happy. After devouring their catalogue I purchased my seeds. As usual I have enough for a small farm, not the urban back yard that I actually have, but I just can’t resist. I got mostly tomatoes, and a couple squash. I figure I can add eggplant and peppers later. I will cram as many plants into my space as is possible, and whatever is left I will share.
Next step planting…I have a great sprouting tray and I carefully planted my seeds. I set them on my service porch where through the sunny windows I thought it would be enough warmer than outside to sprout…but no-o-o, after two weeks and still rather cool weather, nothing. This required emergency measures…I brought the little guys inside and purchased a grow light.A little cheesy, but effective.
In two days I had sprouts! Now they are coming up fast and furious and I’ve moved on to panicking about getting my winter garden cleaned up and ready for my seedlings.
Here’s to Spring!

1 comment:

  1. You have inspired me: I now have four clusters of arugula in my window boxes! With these last few days of sun they are very happy.
    I can't wait to see the pictures of when your little babies get set out into the garden.