Today I began the first step of my gardening for 2012. I’m going to share this year’s joys and frustrations with you just as I have in previous years and I invite you to join in with tips, tricks, and strategies that will help us all to be more poorganic gardeners this year.
Here’s what I’ve done.
To save money, I am going to try to start more seeds this year rather than buying plants. I still had seeds from last year, so I am just using those. Based on my success, I may or may not have to buy more seeds. Even though I could plant some of these directly in the ground, I am starting them inside because I have limited space in my square foot garden and I want to make sure that I’m selecting the heartiest seedlings to transplant.
I have been collecting berry, cherry tomato, grape, and blueberry containers to plant in. I am hoping they will create kind of a greenhouse effect when closed.
First, I had to wash all the labels off of them.
Then I set the berry containers and some pots from last year on some trays that will probably end up being ruined. Alas. They are what I have right now, so that is what I’m using. We don’t use them very often, so at least now they are serving a purpose. I lined the bottoms of the berry containers with a strip of newsprint to keep the soil from falling through. I didn’t have it go around the corners because I didn’t want it to bunch up.
I taped some of the containers together just to keep them balanced.
We added some seed starter soil, which I bought at Lowes. My intention was to use the same soil composition I use in my square foot garden (1/3 compost, 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite), but since I have had neither the time nor the inclination to drive the whole world over in search of vermiculite, we settled.
The entire process I’ve described will take you about an hour if you do it alone, but if you have “help,” it will take you about two hours.
Spray the soil down to dampen it. Place the seeds in the containers based on the package instructions. Write the type of seed you planted on the lid. Cover with the directed amount of soil and dampen again. I don’t have pictures of the actual planting because there was too much weeping, gnashing of teeth, and screaming involved for me to pick up the camera. But, I did plant them and then sprayed them again. Then I closed the lids and placed them in the sun.
At night, I’m going to bring them inside, like this.
There’s step one for me. I’ll be keeping you posted on how things go throughout the spring and summer.
How does your garden grow?