I did get my very first seeds planted last Saturday, though!
As I mentioned in my post last week, due to our cold spring temperatures (and the necessity that all the plants be organic), I'm having to start a lot of tiny seeds indoors so that the plants are ready to get in the ground outside when the weather finally warms up.
A lot of people seem to start all their seeds at once (no matter the type of vegetable), which has its pros and cons. While it would be easier at the beginning, since you can plant all the seeds at once and give them the same conditions), different plants germinate and grow at different rates, so this may not give the best results. Since this is my first garden, I'm doing things by the book. For all of the different vegetables I want to plant, I have looked up how many weeks in advance they should be started indoors. I have then planned out when every different type of vegetable needs to get started. This leads to a lot more work, as one week I may plant only 6 peat pods, but the next week I plant 20! It also means that I will have plants of various heights on the light shelf, but there's not much I can do about that.
So this is my time-table for starting seeds indoors: (based on a predicted last frost around mid-late May)
- March 15
- April 1
- April 14
- May 1
- May 7
|The Jiffy Greenhouse kit.|
|Peat pods inflating in some warm water.|
|My two varieties of broccoli. I'm going to be carefully labeling all my plants (from this stage all the way until they are planted in the garden) so that I can determine which variety of each type grows best in our climate.|
|My grow light set-up. As the seeds get taller I can raise the lights up higher.|
|Lavender seeds still waiting to germinate.|