Monday, March 28, 2011

Seeding Has Begun

I'm so excited, I planted some leek and lettuce seeds today in my brand new indoor greenhouse!
Look I'm growing lettuce in a recycled salad container !
Ok, greenhouse may be overstating it a bit.  But I do have a little set up in the basement, where hopefully, I'll have some success at starting our seedlings.  We haven't started our own seedlings for a few years, basically because I always end up with a big mess and tall spindly plants that don't make it.

But, this year, this year is going to be different.   Well, I sure hope it will be different.
My strategy involves actually figuring out what to do rather than just plunking some seeds in the soil by the window.  Here's what I'm doing differently:
  • Rather than just putting seeds in the soil some time between March and May, I've actually checked out what varieties should be planted at what time.
  • Rather than relying on the natural light of a south facing window, I've set up some lights in our basement.
  • To avoid "damping off" (when seedlings die due to fungus), I washed and lightly bleached our old seeding trays.
  • I'm going to try "hardening off" our seedlings (gradually adjusting them to the outdoors).
Now, as long as we water and control the light properly we should be good to go.

Here's a look at my leeks!


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