Good morning and Happy Friday! This week went by super fast and I’m excited for the weekend. I’m going to try to convince Ryan to do some housework with me to see if we can get the bathroom completely done. Just a few more things to go!
Warmer weather i sin the horizon, they’re saying highs of 40s this weekend and I’m pumped! Also, it’s time to start my seedlings for the garden. Whoop! I’m planning on doing a fairly small garden to start. More like a test garden to see what grows well in our yard. I’m keeping it to food we actually eat, I don’t really need one hundred cucumber plants. Also, I want to keep it manageable due to the longer work hours during the summer and my running schedule.
So, this past Sunday, I started my seedlings. Started by buying a whole lot of seeds. Not a real game plan, but just got some that attracted me. For this first batch, I went with three kinds of peppers (jalapeño, green pepper and a colorful blend) and herbs (sage, spearmint, lavender and rosemary). Some other seeds I plan to start this weekend. You want to make sure to read the back of the package to see when to time planting according to last frost date. For us in Iowa, the safe planting date is May 10-15.
I don’t have the luxury of space to setup a whole space with big pots and a growing light, so I started my seedlings with Jiffy’s Greenhouse starter kit. It’s pretty simple and reasonably priced. I’ve also used it before with good outcomes.
First up, add some water to the pan.
Wait until all the pods absorb all the water and puff up.
Next up, break the netting on top and ruffle the peat. The two on the bottom left are yet to be ruffled up.
Place 2-3 seeds per pod and cover them with peat. I did three per herb and six per pepper.
Since seedling all look alike, I like to label the top to keep them organized.
Now we wait until seedlings start to sprout. It takes a couple of weeks and I can’t wait! I’m super excited to get started on this garden trial and see how things turn out. Wish me luck and I’ll definitely keep you posted on my progress.
Have an awesome weekend!