We ordered 44 packets of food seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for this year's garden (they sent us 2 free extra packets so we have 46 food seeds to start now!). And we also ordered 11 packets of flower seeds because I want to have cut flower bouquets all summer long this year.
It cost us about $100, but we hopefully will be overflowing with produce this summer and not do much grocery shopping. And maybe we'll even be able to sell some of our bounty. Plus a lot of the seed packets had enough that we can use the seeds for next year's garden as well.
We have MAJOR garden plans this year. MAJOR. Our garden will probably be the same square footage of our house. A lot of that will be allowing enough space for the things that will take over (pumpkins, squash, & cucumbers), but still.
Now we are not crazy people, we are not digging up that much sod in one year. Corey found a method where you cover up the grass with newspaper or paper grocery bags and just cut holes for each seedling. Then the grass dies and the next year it's easier to incorporate it as compost. So we're going to go that route.
The seeds were so minuscule for some of them we had to use tweezers to plant them! So far we have only started tomatoes, peppers, basil, cilantro, chives, asparagus, lettuce, onions, and petunias. I think we have more due to start this weekend.
We bought organic potting soil and fluorescent lights at Menards and ordered plastic seed trays & popsicle sticks from Amazon.
Corey built the wooden stand to hold all the trays & lights.
|Lettuce won for first sprouted|
We put our heating pad under the peppers to warm up the dirt more in hopes of encouraging sprouting
|Soon I will be buried in tomatoes...13 different varieties!|
|I hope the basil takes off soon|
|Weirdly bent over onions|
|Tiny baby pentunias|
|So far there's only one pepper sprouted|
|In three years we'll actually be able to harvest some rhubarb|