Thursday, March 19, 2009

Getting Dirty: Starting My Organic Vegetable Seeds

After having my supplies for weeks, I finally stopped procrastinating and planted my seeds! It was kind of a crazy morning. After i dropped William off at preschool I came home and got to it. Of course Luke and Josh were very curious and it was hard to keep them from spilling dirt and seeds all over the place. So I gathered my supplies: organic soil, organic seeds and peat pots.

Initially I was only going to plant the pepper and tomato seeds as the instructions for both said to start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. But then I reread the cucumber and zucchini instructions and they said they could be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. So since I have 50 peat pots here, I figured I might as well fill them up. So I filled the individual pots about 2/3 with soil, dropped 2 seeds in each and then covered with some more dirt.

Here is a picture of the zucchini seeds. I had no idea they were so big! The cucumber ones were pretty big too but the tomato and pepper seeds were small. You know how annoying all those little pepper seeds are when you are trying to clean a pepper? Yeah well, they are just as annoying when trying to get them out of the seed packet. I did take pictures of each kind of seed, but I won't bore you with that.

After I got all he seeds planted and covered with dirt, I gave them each a little bit of water. Then I made my little signs to identify what is what. Just used some toothpicks and an index card with a little glue. Then I covered with the plastic dome, I guess this makes it kind of like a greenhouse. Now the instructions for the peat pots say to place them in a warm location away from direct sunlight. I think I may keep this on our kitchen table for now since it i counter height ad little nosy fingers can't get in them.
Have I mentioned that I have no clue what I am doing? So please, if you ever see me dong something wrong, feel re to tell me. And don't forget to stop by next Thursday to see my progress.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, the more i read your blog the more I love it! Since i'm moving soon, i'm going to wait to start this, but once i'm settled again. i'll definitely start my own miniture organic garden.
    ps, added you to my blogroll. will be coming back again and again!
    Saucy Salsita, AKA The Green, Sexy Expat - Greening it up in Costa Rica!


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