A few days ago a friend of mine asked me if I had ordered any seeds yet. She was placing an order. I told her I hadn’t even really thought about it. It has been such a cold winter and there is still so much snow that it is hard to imagine anything ever growing outside again.
But then it got a bit warmer..and things are looking brighter. Suddenly snow is melting, mud is appearing and the air feels gentle. There is the smell of Spring on the breeze and the birds are singing! Our solar panels have reemerged from their winter hibernation and we producing electricity again! The world is thawing..life is returning and we are VERY ready!
So I got out the seed starting things and decided it was time.
Yesterday I went over to our local garden center and got some seeds and some seed starter. I have some seeds left from last year as well and I have the trays that came with the greenhouse. I have had the heating mat and the light for a few seasons so it was easy to get it all set up.
I gathered up the seeds and the trays and put some of the seed starter in a bin. I moistened it and mixed it until it was the right consistency. It felt wonderful to have my hands in dirt again!
I filled the tray with starting mix. I usually use little six packs but these trays came with the greenhouse so I used those. There are 72 cells in each one. Room for lots of seeds.
Eggplant and peppers take a long time so I always start them first. This year I am starting other things as well because I am hoping that the greenhouse will enable me to get things out sooner. I am hoping for larger plants like they sell at the farmer’s market. We shall see.
I ended up with eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, basil, lettuce and marigolds in this tray. Once I planted the seeds I covered them with a bit more soil and misted them.
Next I added water to the tray that they will go in. This lets water come up from the bottom as well and keeps the soil moist. I have a heating mat under the trays to keep it warm enough for germination.
I ended up planting a second tray..with kale, spinach, chard and alyssum. These are all pretty hardy plants and can go out pretty early..at least as far as the greenhouse. The trays are covered with plastic domes to keep things warm and moist. Once the seedling emerge they will need light, but for now the heating mat is enough.
So now we wait. Soon we should have green shoots…then leaves…plants and eventually a bountiful garden. That is the promise of Spring….