My little seeds that I started several days ago, are starting to sprout! Actually, they started to sprout a few days ago, but I haven’t had a chance to blog about it until now. Among those that have sprung up, are tomatoes, eggplant and onion. The others haven’t showed themselves above ground yet. 😉 But, they should very soon!
Joel and Jaden worked on putting this cold frame together a couple days ago, and we made a video of how they did. It’s extra cool that they were able to use all recycled material; scrap lumber, a window from an old door. Good use of things that would otherwise be going to the dump!
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Gardener’s Update: After using this for my squash, I would not recommend using notebook paper. My squash is basically dying, and I believe it is because the paper kept the roots bound too long (i.e. it didn’t break down fast enough). This was sort of an experiment, but the instructions can still be used with … Continue reading
Ever since the end of December I knew it was time to start thinking about getting seeds started, especially for onions, and I never got around to it in December. But, today, I finally got my seeds started (the ones that needed to be). What a relief! Yesterday, Joel, Abby and I went to North Haven Gardens, here in Dallas, and got some onion sets and seed potatoes. We already had plenty of seeds from the past couple of years, so we didn’t really have to purchase any seeds this year. After running some errands in the afternoon, we came home, and worked on creating our own seed starting pots, out of paper. With the help of my three siblings, we made 48 paper pots – a bit time consuming, but quite easy. Using paper pots is cheaper (basically free, compared to ~$10 per flat at your local home/garden store), you can make your own, and they are biodegradable, so you can place them directly in the ground when it’s time to plant your seedlings outside.
This morning, I woke up, and there were snow pellets on the ground, cars and house roofs. It didn’t stop me from going out, and getting my newly created paper pots filled with soil. I then came inside – where it was WARM!! – and put seeds in each pot. Got them moistened (which you have to keep that way until they sprout), and put by a window. Below is a list of the seeds I started:
- Yellow Pear Cherry Tomatoes
- Speckled Roman Pole Tomatoes
- Purple Russian Tomatoes
- Sungold Select II Orange Cherry Tomatoes
- Amana Glowing Orange Beefsteak Tomatoes
- Turkish Orange Eggplant
- Udmalbet Eggplant
- Black Beauty Eggplant
- Long Thin Cayenne Peppers
- Sweet Yellow Stuffing Peppers
- California Wonder Peppers
- Lavender Munstead
- Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
- Forest Green Parsley
- Celery Tendercrisp
- Red Creole Onions
- Bronze D’ Amposta Onions
- Redwing Hybrid Onions
Now, to make sure to keep them moist, and ventilated so they don’t mold, and hope and pray that they sprout and grow up to be strong plants which give us lots of produce!
If you want to know how we made our paper pots, click here. I’ve made a little tutorial about it. Enjoy!