** Warning – This is going to be a photo heavy post. Sorry I’m not sorry. **
With the arrival of my seeds last week, I was finally able to get them started for the growing season. In my head starting seeds is a Springtime activity, but things seem to be backwards here in Florida.
Before I got started I laid everything out on my coffee table and planned where and how many of each type of seeds I wanted to start. I then set to making up the soilless starting mixture. This was probably the hardest part for me, because I only wanted to use half of the block. I tried cutting the block with a serrated knife, but that didn’t work well so I resorted to flaking chunks off into my bucket. Eventually I got enough that I could add water and make up the soil.
Then came the putting the soil in the seed starting cells. This was a bit messy because only because I was working with my hands, a plastic spoon, and a children’s shovel. I did eventually get everything filled without getting too much dirt on my carpet and moved on to the best part: Planting!
As I planted I made sure to write down where each seed went so not to lose track later. The marigolds were planted ¼” deep and everything else was ½” deep. After the planting was done, I filled the water reservoir, popped on the greenhouse cover and put it under my grow light. I ended up running out of room in the tray and starting my lemon balm seeds in an antique planter instead.
Overall I planted
Marigolds – 12 cells (2 seeds in each)
Big Rainbow heirloom tomato – 3 cells (2 seeds in each)
Tiny tomato – 3 cells (3 seeds in each)
Black Cherry tomato – 2 cells (2 seeds in each)
Red Zebra heirloom tomato – 2 cells (2 seeds in each)
Caribbean Red Habanero pepper – 2 cells (2 seeds in each)
Lemon Balm – 1 planter
Most of these plants are destined for my boyfriend’s vegetable garden (which he’s allowing me to plant stuff in) and the community garden. Hope they grow.