And We’re Off!

Granted, we’re a couple weeks late (last year we started our seeds in February), but our seeds are on the way! Well, the seeds that are supposed to be started indoors anyway.  And though we got a late start, our seeds will will have a good 6-8 weeks indoors — plenty of time to get going. Considering that it still looks like this outside…

The snow has metled considerably from the 8 inches we had just a few days ago.
The snow has melted considerably from the 8 inches we had just a few days ago.

…we’re anxious to see something, anything green!

Though we have a sightly more “advanced” seed setup than we did last year, the process of seed starting remains the same. Still, we managed to snap a few shots of how things went — the gallery follows. Next week, we’ll go over everything that we planted.

The first step was to retreive the tarsy that survived last year (3 of them) and obtain a new one. (4 trays worked well last year.)
The first step was to retrieve the trays that survived last year (3 of them) and obtain a new one. (4 trays worked well last year.)
We had one block of coconut coir to prepare. Set in a large bowl...
We had one block of coconut coir (a seed starting mix) to prepare. Set in a large bowl…
...add 4.5 quarts of warm water...
…add 4.5 quarts of warm water ad let soak for 2 minutes…
...and voila! Your seed starter is ready.
…and voila! Your seed starter is ready.
We filled up as many trays as we could with the coir, which turned our to be only 2 of the four.
We filled up as many trays as we could with the coir, which turned our to be only 2 of the 4.
So we ran out to the store to see if we could find some more mix and came home with this. Until the coir, which comes from coconuts, this is a ready-to-use peat moss-based mix. It'll be interesting to see if one woks better over the other.
So we ran out to the store to see if we could find some more mix and came home with this. Unlike the coconut coir this is a ready-to-use peat moss-based mix. It’ll be interesting to see if one mix works better than the other.
We filled up the rmaning trays and were ready to start planting/
We filled up the remaining trays and were ready to start planting.
So we gathered up all the seds to start...
So we gathered up all the seeds to start and got to work.
We labeled what ended up in each tray.
We labeled what ended up in each tray.
And the cat was there to make sure we stayed on track!
And the cat was there to supervise our progress.
With the seed trays on the shelf (each sitting on an aluminum tray and heat mat), now it's time to wait.
With the seed trays on the shelf (each sitting on an aluminum tray and heat mat), now it’s time to wait. Maybe we’ll have some teensy sprouts to show off next time!
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