Planting Seeds

Planting Seeds…

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This past weekend we finally planted our seeds! This time of the year is always unique. As the weather warms up we’re all antsy to get outside and start doing something. But around here we can (and have) planted as late as early June. That being said, we normally aim to get the garden planted around Memorial Day.

If you’ve been following for a while you know that we attempted to start seeds a couple of years ago and we were only partially successful. Our house is fairly dark. The Sunroom which has the most light is one of the colder rooms in the house due to the old and poorly installed windows. So, while the plants grew they were awful spindly and didn’t do too well outdoors.

So, after a little research, we decided to try again; this time, with a new plan in place to help our plants thrive: additional light and heat.

First things first, we placed an order on Amazon for some heat mats and grow lights.

Once those had been shipped we took a trip to Menard’s to get the rest of our supplies. We were originally going to get seed starting trays and a bag of dirt. But it was actually cheaper to get the prefilled seed trays (similar here) and we made sure to get a small greenhouse.

2022 Seed Starting Materials

A day or so before we planted our seeds we sat down and looked at each of the seed packets. We compared the information on the packet, a Farmer’s Almanac website, and notes from previous growing seasons to figure out what we should start indoors and when.

Friday night after Dad got off work he and Bradley put the greenhouse together and got all the lights attached. Then we thought it might be a good idea to let the soil warm up first; considering the packets suggested the soil be at least 75°.

Then on Sunday afternoon we planted the seeds!

We started by simply misting all the dirt with a spray bottle of water. Then we figured out how many of what plant we wanted. We did an entire tray of tomatoes giving us plenty of options for canning and eating. As well as two trays of herbs, and a tray of peppers. Then we simply planted a couple of seeds per hole, watered them, and labeled them with little plastic plant labels. Ours are white but there are also colored ones that I think would be really fun especially if you wanted to color-code all your starts!

Now that the seeds are planted we sit and wait. Making sure that the plants are watered and the lights are timed correctly. Waiting with anticipation until the little seedlings pop up.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
~Galatians 6:9