Happy Tuesday Garden Party friends! I’m happy to say that I’ve updated the first in my vegetable gardening series: How to Start Plants From Seeds with lots of new photos! This baby has been on my to-do list a long time (though not as long as the cottage tour – sheesh, do I feel like I’ve got a back-log of stuff around here!) and since I was starting my seeds for the 2014 season a few days ago, it was the perfect time to take new photos and update this post.
And yes, did you catch that? I did get my seeds started this last week – yeah! I planted seeds of tomato, sweet & hot pepper, swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower (purple, orange and white!). If we get some dry weather this week, I hope to get the first spinach, lettuce, and beets in the ground.
Two things to notice about my seedling trays in the photo above:
- I am using a seedling heat mat now (this is an Amazon affiliate link to the exact mat I use). I started using one two years ago to see if it made a difference in how quickly the seeds sprouted and I LOVE it. I never thought it would matter much, but after years of struggling with pepper seedlings I realized what they like – heat! I have much better success with them now that I use the mat – well worth the $25 I spent, in my opinion, as the mat should last for years. Do any of you use a heat mat?
- Our diy fir-flooring counter still has the scratch marks from our dog-and-seedling mishap from last year – here’s hoping no mouse tempts him to overturn the seed trays this season!
- Okay, three – I thought of another thing: see how the clear dome lids have lots of moisture? That’s why you remove them as soon as you see any seedlings sprout – even if there are lots that haven’t sprouted yet. All that moisture could cause your precious seedlings to keel over from damping-off fungus, and we definitely don’t want that!
SO, I know that some of you in the Northeast are bracing for another batch of snow (ugh…) but are you doing anything like starting seeds or planting anything indoors to help usher in spring?