Friday, May 01, 2009

It's May today. I can't believe that the months have gone by so quickly!

Last weekend, while Brian was busy inside working away (for hours and hours and hours and hours) on his last university course, I was outside at the picnic table planting seeds in trays. I planted Alyssum seeds, Petunia seeds, Dusty Miller seeds, Snapdragon seeds, Godetia Sweetie seeds, Blue Fescue Grass seeds, three types of tomato seeds, snow pea and sweet pea seeds, pole bean seeds, green and yellow pepper seeds, green and yellow zucchini seeds, and cucumber seeds. On Wednesday, Brian noticed that our seeds have started to sprout - it's so exciting! Some of them are an inch tall already! Unfortunately, we don't have many bright places to put them for the next few weeks, so we've been keeping some of our living room lamps pointed on them around the clock. This is the first time that I've been able to invest in my own garden! Last spring I so badly wanted to go over to Cranbrook and ask the owners if I could plant a garden so it would be there when we moved in...

I used a few different vessels for planting the seeds in. A while back at the dollar store, I found 26 little peat pots for $1. I considered that a pretty good deal, and bought two packages (back in February. I was pretty excited to plant). However, I didn't have a plant tray to put them in, or a cover to keep the heat in for the first week. Hmm. I rumaged around the kitchen and came back with two of the aluminum roasting pans that I didn't use during my mass-cooking project in early spring. Poked a few holes in the lids, put the pots in the pans, and voila - make-shift greenhouses!

However, I soon found that 52 pots was not nearly enough for all of the seeds I wanted to plant. I still had room in one of my roasting pans. I remembered making little seeding pots with mom when I was little, so I tried it out, and it was just as easy as I remembered! (Involves newspaper, rolling, and folding = done!)

I also went to Sharples Greenhouse and bought two real mini greenhouse trays - cool because they can be reused next year. If all of the plants sprout, we'll end up with almost 200 plants to go into our back yard. I'm so excited! Pictures to follow in a few hours...

Also very exciting news: Laura split her rhubarb plant for me, so once I plant that in the garden we'll hopefully get a nice and big plant!

10 comments:

Rod and Bec said...

Yay for seeds and gardens and spring and new life!

Shannon said...

I'm so jealous! I don't get to garden this summer because of my early departure for Cairo. I'll come and play in your garden any time tho!

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