Getting Started

According to our planting calendar, today is the soonest date that we can start seeds. Not wanting to waste anytime, that’s what we accomplished today! For some of our seeds, at least.  Here’s how things went, in pictures.

1. Last year we used two seed starting kits. This year, we planned to use at least four, which meant that we had to rethink our indoor plant-lighting set up. The light tables we made last year worked okay, but we knew we could do better. So we took the light off the old tables and got a couple more tables and lights. With some scrap lumber, we built a frame on which to hang the lights. We drilled holes in the top of the frame for the lights’ cords, and ran everything over to the nearest outlet. And voila! Not just a light table, but a wall of light tables! With plenty of room for everyone.

01planting tables and lights

2. We gathered all the seeds that could be started: tomatoes, peppers, greens, broccoli, and ground cherries. This included both the new seeds we just bought and those we save from last season (in the plastic bags).

01all the seeds

3a. We prepared a couple of planters with seed starting mix (coir or coconut husk mixture) a few weeks back, and one of them came with pre-made disks of mix that only needed water. But we had one planter that needed coir. Thankfully we picked up a couple extra bricks of the stuff, so it was off to the sink with a big bowl to get it going.

01seed starting mix before

3b. After letting the stiff, dehydrated brick sit in some warm water, it expanded quite nicely! (Just fluff with a fork, but don’t eat, please.)

01seed starting mix after

4. Then it went into the seed starters.


5. Next, we planned out what to plant in each starter on paper.


6a. And then it was planting time! (This planter contains little disks of coir that are wrapped and expand with water. We find that they work very well for starting delicate plants that can be a little scary to transplant.)

01planting seeds

6b. Got to make sure all the seeds are in and everything is covered!

01covering seeds

7. And then our cat joined us briefly, as he was quite curious as to what we were fussing over. (Plus, we had taken over his solar recharging area.)

01curious cat

8. With all the seeds planted, we covered the starters with black plastic to keep in heat and moisture. (Yes, that tank at the end is part of everything. To be explained, promise!)

01the end

9. Then, we rested.

10. And now, we wait!

We’ll return next week with the story of just what’s hiding beneath that plastic. And maybe we’ll even have a sprout or two to brag about! (Wishful thinking, yes. 🙂 )


5 thoughts on “Getting Started

  1. fmajewicz 02/24/2014 / 5:10 pm

    I guess planning for spring is a good activity when the weather is so rotten. Winter has come back the the north, we will be back below O temps this week. My sister has been looking over the seeds catalogs and keeps what she wants to plant in her head; though she did say we might want to be more serious about our garden this summer. Good luck with your seedlings.

    • Garden State-ments 02/25/2014 / 7:36 am

      Thanks! Unfortunately, it’s going to be cold again this week, so we’re keeping the planters insulated as best we can. We also moved them onto a taller table so they’re closer to the lights, so hopefully that will help them. I’m sure you guys can’t wait for Spring as much as us!

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