My good friend up in Michigan has been ever so nice to walk me thru the ins and outs of starting things from seed. We have tried and failed several times before and this time I really wanted to get it right. So, naturally, I went to an expert! It has been so great of her to help me thru this adventure and to be so patient in answering all my questions. And believe me, there have been quite a few.
We started our seeds Easter day. I had hoped to get an earlier jump on things, but I ended up with the super human flu bug and that didnt happen....so we had to wait. Needless to say, when I felt better we dove right in. I decided to go the peat pellet route to get them started and will transfer them to bigger peat pots when Angie tells me to(I mean, when they are big enuf!). I have never used a peat pellet before and I thought that they would expand much more then they did. But, what do I know, right? We went ahead and planted the seeds, watered them, and popped the lid on the tray. A couple days ago I noticed that they were beginning to sprout! Hooray! Once I noticed the growth I had Shawn hang up a light above the tray and we have been keeping the light on them from morning till we go to bed. And of course making sure that they are being kept moist.
I am going really light on planting this season since we are gonna be moving in a little bit. I wasnt sure how much time I would have to maintain a garden. Especially since we really dont have a spot marked out on the property for a garden. I know. I am nuts. Starting seeds right before a big move...yard hasnt been seeded itself at the new house, much less graded. We will have to add a ton of compost and black dirt to the yard before we can really do much of anything. I hope my little seedlings end up being pretty hardy. They have a few obstacles in their path to become fruitful plants. I decided to go with Amish paste tomatoes and Cherokee purple tomatoes. I have heard really great things about both of them. I also purchased some cucumber seeds, but all the advice I got on them was to wait to plant them in the ground directly. So that is what I will do!
Here in the midwest we have lotso fields. Flat fields. They once grew corn or soybeans. When you live in a newly constructed home in a subdivision they take all the good dirt and leave you with crap. Sorry, clay. It is a pain to work with and even harder to get things to grow well. You really have to amend the soil. Altho, I must say that the japanese beetles dont seem to be affected by it at all. They still terrorize us every year. Lacing all of my lovely flowering plants.
So, wish me luck on my adventure. If the plants do well, I am sure there will be more than enuf maters to go around!