Thursday, March 5, 2009

Starting Seeds Today

This morning I started my day with a cup of coffee and some seeds. Pulling out all the seeds I had collected in the past month from local providers I realized I needed to get started with planting 2009. I am waiting on my second order from Territorial Seed Company. I will keep you posted on that deliveries quality. I hope to find some seeds this weekend at the Ohio Home & Garden Show.
These are some of the seeds I got on special at a local store - Buy 3 get 1 free! Not bad?!!!
I have never tried the African Daisies so I am anxious to see what will come of these seeds. I am going to add these seeds RIGHT TO THE GARDEN in the month of May. We can start adding seeds to the soil in early May as long as the ground isn't too wet from the spring rains. There are still dangers of frost for the starter plants so I like to protect those till early June. I am in zone 5b.

Zinnia, Nasturtium,and Cosmos are added directly to the soil in my garden for best results.

These are not hamburgers on the grill but the Peat Pellets that were included in a Greenhouse 36 garden kit by Lawn & Garden I purchased yesterday. I have had numerous people ask me if I have ever used these so when I saw them on sale last week I had to purchase a small kit to try first hand.

Over the past few years my daughter has found interest in gardening. She has her own set of annuals she likes to grow in one of our country garden beds. LOVE IT!!! Encourage the kids to get involved. When she saw these little 'cute' kit she put first dibs on planting it later in the day. I will keep you posted on the results and planting tips.

First group to be planted this morning was the herbs for indoor use. I am recycling a 'greenhouse kit' that featured peat pellets that I bought a few years back for the garden club I head up . I purchased the kit to show what was available and I think I let one of the club members take the pellets to use for her herbs during that planting session. I am using the container with lid this time around with my organic potting soil for the Sweet Basil / Italian large leaf.

1. Make sure the container was clean before filling it 1/2 way with the soil.
2. Carefully open the seed packet and place a small amount into a cup cake holder for easy planting.
3. Cover the seeds that have been placed in the container with 1/4 " ( just a dusting) of soil.
4. Lightly spray with water and cover.
5. Place in warm well lite area and DO NOT let the soil dry out.

NOTE: The seed packet I used states I should have seedlings in 7-14 days. Be sure to keep the seed package with your planting container. Date the package so you know what stage you are at with planting.
I am using some more recycled items today. I filled the bottom of a portable garden tub with those peat pod holders. I had these left over from last months garden talk with some local ladies. I am using these containers for my outside herbs because once the plant has developed indoors I can put the peat container directly in the ground when all dangers of frost as passed.

Step 1. I filled the pots 3/4 the way up with soil.
Step 2. Planted the herbs that I plan to use outdoors. ( Chive, Cilantro, and Parsley.)
Step 3. Water lightly and covered with plastic.
NOTE: DO NOT LET THESE GET DRY!!!! They need low light so I am going to place these in my enclosed breezeway now that the weather has warmed up enough that they won't freeze in a low heated area of our home.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions. I would love to hear what y'all have growing this time of year.


Robin's Nesting Place said...

Hi, Bren! I can't wait to see these go from seeds to bloom!

I'm hoping to get my seeds started soon. I bought even more yesterday!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Thank you, you are so sweet!

I bought dill, bronze fennel and a hummingbird mix from a local nursery. The swallowtails seemed to prefer the dill and fennel over the parsley last year so I want to make sure I have plenty for them to enjoy.

Oh, I forgot that I picked up some at Meijers too. There I got Bonfire Salvia, Rose milkweed, poppies, pink Sweet William, coleus and a lettuce mix.

I'm sure I'll find a few more at the Indy garden show that I won't be able to resist.

Janet said...

Good for you Bren to get those seeds started!
You asked what flower was in the heading of my blog? That is some variety of daffodil. If you mean the flower at the top of the column above my profile... that is an Epiphyllum oxypetalum-- some call it a Night Blooming Cereus or Dutchman's Pipe. Super neat bloom.

Janet said...

and i DO want to see the pictures of your Aussie. God love those energetic little bundles of fur.

Janet said...

You know, Bren, when I answered your question it would have helped to have my page open. I have rearranged things more than once. The pink flower is a magnolia x. soulangia "Jane'. Sorry

Jezzica said...

i just wanted to say thanks for you're lovely comment on my post (:

WykkydTruths said...

Hello Bren,
My ds and I planted a few seeds indoor last Monday and today our Tomato and green onion are sprouting. Our peppers should peek through this week. (fingers crossed)

Cynthia said...

So question for you, do you prefer the pellet greenhouse? Because I am a first time gardener :-) And I have planted my herb seeds and some other eeds in regular pots, and then a couple of days later I bought a 12 pellet greenhouse and I planted cucumber, and tomato seeds in them nd they are already sprouting!!! So in my opnion I believe the greenhouse is better, but I jsut want your opnion on it if you get a change to post an opnion or anything, just wondering because it looks like you have been gardening longer than I hav :-)

Bren said...

Cynthia - so far I love using my trays with plastic covers and the Organic 2" / 6 pack fiber pots.

Peat pods are good for starting seeds, but you need to transplant the seedlings right away.

I need to put more detail in my blogs when it comes to planting. I hope to do a new entry today. THANKS FOR ASKING!!!