Basement Garden Moved to Dining Room

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.

Basement Garden

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.

Basement Garden


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.

Basement Garden