Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The planting of the seeds has begun
(all planted and covered up)
This weekend we finally planted the seeds for our transplants. These are plants that will be grown in our home and then transplanted into our garden beds in May.
We really want to make sure that we don't have to purchase any transplants this year and invested a bit of money in a heating pad greenhouse. It's one of those purchases that *might* be frugal *if* it lasts several seasons. It won't be frugal if we only are able to use it this season. They run a bit over $34 and we bought two.
(one of the boxes from the heated plastic greenhouses)
Last year we used plastic pots we saved from previous transplant purchases and potting soil, but really didn't get good results. It took weeks for the seeds to germinate (due to low temps) and that meant small scraggly plants that didn't survive well outdoors during our cool early summer.
We ended up having to replace most of them last year and really want to get a handle on growing our own transplants.
Here's what we planted this weekend (I wrote plants to indicate what we'll end up with - some have more than one seed per "pot" right now):
- 25 Wisconsin 55 tomato plants
- 50 Amish Paste tomato plants
- 20 Buran pepper plants
- 10 De Cicco broccoli plants
- 20 Blue Solaize leek plants
- 4 German Chamomile plants (these in particular have many seeds in each pot)
- 15 Lamb's Ear plants
(all planted and under the grow lights)
I still need to get some more medicinal herb seeds and I'll begin those when we move the current plants out of the tiny greenhouses and into larger pots.
Other than the remaining medicinal herbs the rest of our garden seeds are planted into the garden beds in May.
Have you other gardeners begun your transplants? What are you planting this year? What's your favorite method for starting seeds indoors?
- A 40 something mama meandering through life with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy), an 8 year old girl (big girl) who is a ball of lightening, and a 4 year old girl (baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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