Every season when the ground wakes up I find myself day dreaming of planting. Usually I can plant cold weather seeds the last week of March. This year I was not able to even get to the garden due to all of the snowfall. As the picture shows the snow is almost totally gone. Hooray!
I have all of my different lettuce and spinach seeds ready to go. These seeds are great for producing fresh salad greens. Arugula is great for adding zest and nuttiness to your salad. It is ready to harvest in about 30 days. Mesclun mix is so pretty and adds great texture. Spinach is so beneficial to your health. Lastly the lettuce mix has a great range of leaf color. When you harvest your salad it will be better than any salad in any high end restaurant. And you grew it yourself! I am hoping to get my lettuce in the ground on Wednesday.
I have a love for heirloom seeds. This year I have already started my tomato plants indoors. I am planting several varieties. San Marzano is an Italian paste tomato. Costoluto Genovese is a Italian slicer. Big Rainbow is huge and pretty. Mortgage Lifter is a large pink beefsteak tomato. Husky gold is a low acid tomato. And lastly red and yellow pear tomatoes. Sounds pretty good right? I thought I would show you how I start my seeds. It's really easy.
I use Jiffy peat pellets to start my seeds indoors. You can buy them at almost any discount store. I found these at Walmart. Peat pellets are inexpensive and cut down on extra planting steps.
All you have to do is put the pellets you need in a tray and fill it about a quarter of the way with water. The water soaks into the pellet and tada you have a peat pot.
You add two seeds to each peat pot and cover the tray with plastic wrap. I put my tray in a warm spot and wait for germination. This year I just let my tray sit on the kitchen counter. It only took 5 days and look what I have. Tomato seedlings!
I uncover the tray. At this point I will weed out the weaker seedling so I only have one seedling per pot. Then I put the trays on a shelf with a fluorescent light. Starting you own seeds indoors is super easy. It also is cost effective. Not to mention you can grow unique and different plants. This method works great for vegetables and flowers too. Give it a try. If I can do it anyone can!