Gardening 2015 – Opening Day

It’s official — I have started my gardening for 2015.  Of course living in Michigan means I’ve started some seeds indoors, as the ground is still snow ridden and cold, but this is a definite sign that spring is close.

Last year I bought all of my starter plants except for my beets, carrots, scallions, and peas.  This year I am hoping to start most of the plants inside and then plant seeds directly in the ground for everything else.  If my seedlings don’t sprout I can always buy plants, but I really wanted to give this a shot.

My first step in this process was to figure out which plants to start and when.  I went through all the seed packets in my bin and sorted them by how long they took to germinate.  Then I read up on each one to find out the suggested lead time, compiled a spreadsheet with this information — wow, can you tell that I was an office worker for many years — anyway, after I had everything written out and organized, I pulled out the seeds I was going to start with, assembled all my materials, and went to work.

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As a kid I remember starting marigold seeds in cut down milk cartons my father gave me.  Things have certainly come a long way and I have only learned about a few of the options for starting seedlings.  That’s good though, because if I knew any more I might be dangerous or seriously overwhelmed and confused, and at this point I’m borderline confused as it is.

So, I chose two separate types of planting pots for my seedlings and am going to hope for the best.  I’m hoping that by trying different types of planting techniques, I will increase my chances of success, or if I were a pessimist, increase my possible ways to fail–but let’s have a little faith here.

The first method I tried was to use these little jiffy pots.

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Pretty cool really.

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You just add water and watch them expand.

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Then open them up a bit, put in the seeds and top off with some dirt.

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Quick and easy.

The second method was to fill some paper-type pots with a garden mix and plant the seeds.

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Again, easy and quick.

The plants I started were two types of tomatoes, yellow peppers from a package, and two types of peppers from seeds I collected from peppers last year.   I also started some marigolds — just for the fun of it.  I figured if I could start marigold seedlings when I was kid, I should certainly be able to do it again as an adult.  If they don’t grow, then maybe it’s not me, but rather the method.  Think of them as my placebo — is that the right analogy?

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Anyway, in the next couple of weeks I should see some seedlings, keep your fingers crossed.  Until then, I’ll keep my eye on the planting schedule.  My next planting will take place in two weeks – squash and pickles.  Can’t wait.

I love getting my hands back in the dirt.  The smell, the feel — it all just gives me a sense of calm that can’t be compared to cleaning house, scrubbing floors, washing clothes, or making dinner, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

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3 responses

  1. Those are super ways to start plants. I have done both and found each to be great. Lately I have been to cheap to purchase either. I haven’t braved trying to start flowers. I don’t take the time to work with them. I really need to. Your set up looks so neat, I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

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