We awoke to snow/sleet/freezing rain this morning. My first reaction was “Yuck!” It wasn’t that cold so it all quickly became a sloppy slushy mess. Winter is not finished with New England I am afraid.
Never mind, I have seeds to plant. If nature won’t cooperate I will do it indoors! It didn’t take long to put the light stand together. The next question was where to put it. Luckily it fits perfectly on two little tv tables I can set up in the room with the woodstove.
The heat mat can go under it and there even is an outlet right there. Two flats will fit, but right now I only need one.
I checked all the seed packets. It is still a bit early for most things, but eggplant and peppers take a long time. So I would start with them.
I gathered everything I would need.
…and gently misted them.
First I planted the eggplant. I used the end of a pencil to make a tiny indentation and placed a seed in it, pressing gently. I covered it with a tiny bit of starter and misted again.
This was going very smoothly so I decided to plant some alyssum as well. The seeds were TINY!
I emptied a few onto an index card. Luckily I had seen a women plant tiny seeds in a You Tube video. She got a toothpick, wet it and gently pressed it to the seeds. The seed stuck and she was able to easily pick up and place the seeds. So I tried it as well and it worked great!
Put on the plastic dome and place on the heat mat. So far so good.
According to the packet, it takes 10-20 days for the peppers and eggplant to emerge. The alyssum is a bit quicker. So all I have to do is check them, mist as needed and wait. How exciting!
Happy Spring everyone!