As I mentioned before, we had a business trip and unofficial college visit planned two weeks ago. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the plant lights on in the basement, nor to set them on a timer. Instead, we moved all the plants upstairs near windows. Just thought I would share a couple of more photos.
this was originally posted on 2/3/08 on our first blog attempt
Is it too early to start seeds? I feel like a kid waiting to go to DisneyWorld. Are we there yet?
Today, I started preparing my basement garden area for my seed starts. I covered my table with oil cloth for easy cleanup and then placed my shoplight fixture above. Being in the basement presents a problem for light, so I am consering purchasing some mylar to make best use of the light I have available.
Tomorrow I hope to purchase a seed sprouter online. I have been looking around for a few weeks and I have decided on a sprouter from Gardens Alive. I was excited to receive an email stating that it is the product of the month and 25% off, along with sprouting seeds. Boy, am I glad that I waited.
Every year Gardens Alive offers $25 off of a $50 purchase (use key code 145695), but unfortunately you cannot use it in conjunction with the 25% off. I am not affiliated with Gardens Alive, but wanted to share a good deal with others. You can sign up for a newsletter with other sales specials and product of the month info.
I am looking forward to some fresh “green” while I wait patiently for spring planting.
It’s here! It here! Our last frost date is usually between the second and third weeks of April, so (doin’ a happy dance) it’s time to start my seeds.
The first thing that I realized is that I did not have near enough recycled containers, nor enough seed starter. Normally, when I realized my poor planning, I would have just gone out and purchased new flats to use for my seedlings, but DH came to the rescue. From the depths of a deep, dark, storage building, he came in with his arms filled with brand new flats (with lids no less) and un-opened bags of soil and starter. Golly, he even found a couple of growlights that were still in storage from our last move. I still need more starter medium, but I will wait for my next planned trip to town. With fuel at $3.19 a gallon, trips to town must be strategically planned and used to the fullest. A round trip is approximately $12.00 now. Makes shopping online and through catalogs a bit more attractive these days.
So far, my basement garden includes:
- Cherokee Purple Tomato
- Plum Lemon Tomato
- Big Jim Capsicum Peppers
- Sweet Chocolate Bell Peppers
- Early Yellow Crookneck Squash
- Cocozelle Squash
- Morning Glories- Pearly Gates, Flying Saucers Purple/White, Scarlett O’Hara
- Thai Basil
- Lemon Basil
- Rosie O’Day Alyssum
- Candy Cane Mix Azalea
- Cracker Jack Marigolds
I have so many more packets of seeds, that I most likely will not have room for all of them. I went a little crazy with the catalogs this year. The photo is not the best, but it gives you a little peek at the start of my basement garden.