I have only been gardening for a few years. I started with flowers. Annuals first and then perennials. I was hooked! Soon I started adding vegetables. Some could be planted directly into the ground but some seed packets recommended starting them indoors first. But when I tried starting seeds indoors I made a few discoveries.
First, Merlin will eat most young plants. That was a problem. Second, you need a lot of light to start seeds. Windowsills don’t really provide enough, not to mention the young plants lean toward the sun, get leggy and fall over. Third, we keep our house colder than many young plants like. As you can imagine, it was not as successful a venture as I had hoped.
So for the next few years I just bought young plants at the Farmer’s Market. I was supporting local farmers and able to get organic plants. And the plants were very healthy and happy. And safe from Merlin! The only problem was, by late February, I am itchy to start gardening. There is still snow on the ground so gardening needs to be done inside. And after 20 years in kindergarten planting pansy seeds in paper cups to be taken home as Mother’s Day gifts, I missed the thrill of the tiny green shoots magically appearing in the cups. Time to try starting seeds again.
After a bit of research online I was more determined. It certainly seemed simple enough. It was just a matter of getting the right equipment. So I went over to my local garden center today to see what I could find.
I will keep you posted.