You’ll never guess what I did all last week!
Well, okay – maybe you will. After all – I have admitted to buying 63 packages of seeds – in addition to all the tomato and pepper seeds I mail-ordered. 🙂
Yes, I’ve been starting seeds.
Many, many of them!
Four kinds of tomatoes, sweet peppers, lots of the amazing Tam jalapenos, a new purple jalapeno, the dreaded ghost pepper, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, and 2 kinds of broccoli.
Oh – and several herbs too!
I got the plastic seed trays and inserts last year at Menard’s for half price. We weren’t sure they would make it two years – but a little strategically placed duck tape should help us make one more season!
I got a good potting soil from the Amish store since my friend Carolyn said it was the best!
Once the seeds are planted the only thing I need to do is keep them moist. That’s the easy part.
Things get a little trickier when they start to sprout! Then they need light and warmth and lots of it.
I prefer using sunlight – but with this many plants started, we don’t have enough southern windows! Thankfully we do have 2 grow lights to use.
Then I water, rotate and generally fuss over the seedlings.
The object is to keep them alive and healthy until the temperature is right in the garden to take them out.
Sometimes I need to re-pot them into bigger containers so that they have room to keep growing.
Once the weather is warm enough to get them outside during the day – we take the flats out and sit them in the sunshine.
So why do I go to all the trouble to start my own plants from seeds? After all – I could just go buy them.
For one thing – it saves us a lot of money. When you plant in bulk – as we do – the cost of plants adds up. The over 50 tomato plants growing in my basement now cost us pennies, yet they will hopefully yield a year’s worth of spaghetti sauce, ketchup, tomato sauce and salsa.
Then there’s the variety. It’s so much fun choosing new kinds of seeds to try! Besides – the only way I can grow the wonderful tam jalapenos is if I buy the seeds and start them myself!
But mostly – I just love doing it! 🙂
I’ve linked this post up with the Tuesday Garden Party over at An Oregon Cottage.