At least, we hope we’re starting seeds for success.
Last year I started our seeds…WAY too early. I thought it would get warmer earlier…but it snowed in May last year…so I ended up having to keep the seedlings in the house for way too long…and they all died.
After looking back through our posts (this blog is a great way to keep all of our memories organized!), I saw I started seeds last year in mid March…so I’m about a month and a half later than that this time around. Hopefully it will be enough of a delay that we can plant the sprouts out into the garden in just a couple weeks. My goal was to have the garden semi-started by mid May, which would give us a couple weeks head start over last year.
This year, I mostly focused on starting seeds for the stuff we won’t be buying plants for. (It’s easier and faster, and probably better for rookie gardeners like myself to buy already-started seedlings for big-ticket items like tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. Those are readily available and fairly inexpensive at garden centers so it’s totally worth it in my book.)
Anyway, I planted two kinds of lettuce, spinach, broccoli, carrots, radishes, beans, and peas in the little seed trays.
I also planted some popcorn seeds that came free in the mail…we’ll see how that experiment goes…I’m pretty pessimistic we’ll actually get some popcorn…but maybe….
And, I planted some dill seeds in the larger pots. Last year, I planted dill in a pot in the garden…and it went to seed…and now there’s dill coming up everywhere, looking all messy and weedy in our nice mulched area.
So, this year, I’m planning to leave the dill in pots on the deck. I considered not planting it at all, but I loved having fresh dill to make pickles last year!
Anyway, here’s hoping we get some warm weather soon. I’m hoping to leave these seed trays out on the deck most days until we get them planted in the garden…I think they were in the house too long last year without enough sunlight to really thrive so maybe that will help.
And, if these seedlings all die like the ones last year, we’re still not out anything because all the seeds and supplies were leftover so this little project didn’t cost us a thing so far.
What about you? Starting any seeds? I know my sister and brother-in-law already have a little garden going. Do you think we’re done with snow and frosts for the year or will we have another late burst of winter like last year?