basement garden

I started several “flats” of tomatoes and peppers and a couple of different flowers seeds yesterday. I’m doing a little experiment this year: peat pots vs. the “usual way” I plant seeds.

I’ve read that several home gardeners/ small farmers use peat pots to start their plantlings. Supposedly the pots decrease transplanting shock. Last year was the first time I tried this method. Planting was really easy except that the little pots dry out fast. Last year I lost track.  😦  (https://mountainprairiefarm.com/2016/03/28/seed-starting/)

I was milking Maisy twice a day this time last year and forgot about the little pots. They dried out and we lost all the little seedlings. This year I’m starting earlier, I’m still nursing a wounded ankle (and therefore more confined to the house) and I’m not milking any cows yet. So hopefully I will more attentive.

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Here are some already planted snapdragon seeds. The seeds are about the size of a grain of pepper and just about the same color. I had to be very careful to place the seeds in the right spot. We’ll see what kind of job I did when the seeds germinate. 🙂

I also planted veggie seeds in small homemade flats: plastic milk jugs with the tops cut off and holes punctured in the bottom. I’ve used this method for years and it is pretty successful.

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Fill the “flat” with seed starter soil and sprinkle seeds over the surface. Tenderly push the seeds into the soil. Water gently without disturbing the planted seeds. Label what you planted. Please label. PLEASE label. If you don’t then you won’t remember what you planted and believe me, all seedlings look alike~ trust me on this. I use popsicle sticks with the name of the seed and the date planted written with a sharpie. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThen tuck the whole “flat” in a gallon zip lock bag, kiss them goodnight and zip up the bag. The zip lock acts like a little green house. I have several zip lock bags that I reuse for this purpose. Then I set all the little green houses in a warm spot and let the magic begin!

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I’ll compare the ease of transplanting and the stress on the baby plants in a couple of weeks.

Ahhh. I love science!

Today’s count: 0~ but it’s early. Stay tuned!

What’s for supper: Baked potato soup with all the fixin’s (cheese, bacon, bits of onion)

Weather: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 31. Light southwest wind becoming west southwest 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Tonight a 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

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  1. I love planting seeds, although I have no where to do it this year. In other years, I’ve planted tomatoes, peppers, and more in my little greenhouse, and raised all my own transplants–and most of my flowers, too. I know that my husband will make me another greenhouse one of these days–but we’ve moved and there are many other things that need to come first. So, I’ll buy transplants this year. I will, however, have a great, big garden and am looking forward to that.

    I’ve had a lot of trouble with those little peat pots–they dry out on me. So, I’ve used flats filled with potting soil, but sometimes have to transplant into a larger 4″ pot, especially with tomatoes that I wanted to get some size on before planting them out in our cold, short-season garden. One year, I planted over 100 tomato plants, but only got enough for myself to can. So, after that, I tried to get them bigger before I put them out. I was just getting the hang of that garden/elevation/season where we were living, and we moved!!! So, it’s back to the experimental drawing board. We are at lower elevation now, so it should actually be easier with warmer nights, etc.

    Good luck on your seedlings.

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    • Spring? Lucky you! From your blog~ it seems that a garden might be very challenging. From the looks of those strawberries back in September, you have the most wonderful farmer’s market available to you.

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