Thyme Spent In The Garden
My garden order from Jung Seeds was delivered Saturday morning. I was thrilled to see those boxes sitting in my entryway when I returned from a day of outlet shopping with a few of my friends.
This is my first year starting plants from seed aside from herbs, lettuce and vines. I'm really anxious and nervous because it's all trial and error and if it doesn't work out then I just wasted moola and I don't like waste, especially in this economy.
This is what I'm starting my seeds with. They are Jiffy 7 seed starters. Just add water and they expand. The little pucks of seed starting mixture are self contained in netting that will dissolve when planted in the earth. I've learned that when starting seeds you need a sterile potting mix. The other options for starting your own seeds are to purchase plastic pots along with a bag mix. The upside to that option is that you have the pots forever but you need to sterilize them each planting season. If you're going to start very few seeds that's probably the best, cost saving option. If you want to start a lot of seeds there is the option I'm showing or you can also purchase peat pots. With peat pots you need to buy a sterile potting mix as well. I opted for these Jiffy 7 seed starters. The nutrient rich, sterile, potting mix is already in place and that saved me some time.
Then I had the dilemma of where to start the seeds. I purchased this little greenhouse that was originally going to be placed on our deck but after reading about seed starting I quickly realized I needed lots of warmth.
So the greenhouse sits right in front of our back door where it can get as much direct sunlight as possible. Some seeds don't need direct sunlight to germinate and some do. It's really important to read each seed packet carefully. I made the mistake of planting all my seeds the exact same way and then I read one of my flower seed packets. It read, "sow seed on top of soil" it needs direct sunlight to germinate. They happened to be $5 for 8-15 seeds and I had 4 of those. I got a little "sowing happy" thinking they all needed the same thing. Not so! Hard lesson learned. Here's where the anxiety comes in. I hate waste! Now, do I take a chance and hope they germinate anyways or do I hurry up and order some more so they sprout and grow in time for my front porch containers this spring? That is the question of the hour. I think I'll be ordering some more. Timing is of utmost importance when growing your own. The plants need to go in the ground by a certain time in order to harvest by a certain time. What must farmers go through every year?
I ordered a wide variety of seeds. I didn't want to go easy on myself with this being the first year of truly gardening and starting my own plants from seed. Why would I do that? I needed to do this in true "Jenny fashion", all or nothing! That's how I roll! It's who I am, it's in my genetic makeup. Just ask my handsome hubby! He'll tell it to you straight!
I ordered seven varieties of tomatoes, five of which are heirloom. Three different types of peppers, yellow squash, heirloom cucumber, eggplant, arugula, corn salad (it said gourmet, and sweet and buttery, I hope it is), spinach, a variety of flowers and then with this order I received a free packet of ground cherry seeds. They say they grow like a tomato but are sweet like a strawberry. I look forward to giving that a whirl.
I pray this is a gratifying experience and that I don't give myself an anxiety attack worrying about each little seed. Stay tuned. I'll be sharing my failures and successes with this gardening endeavor.
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