Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We're getting ready for the warm season

We're up to 10 hours and 17 minutes of daylight now and that will keep increasing each day so we're excited that we'll be able to produce more vigorous and productive crops soon. The winter months did allow us to grow some tasty food but the production is much less impressive when the days are shorter. Even the rooftop isn't as sunny as I expected it to be because of buildings and trees around us that block the sun during certain times of the day. That is all changing 2 minutes at a time and each day we are getting a little more of the precious sun back in our garden.

We started some seeds yesterday to prepare for an early spring planting and we are getting some warmer season seeds started now too. Now that we have a nursery license, I am starting some extra seeds to sell as well.

Blue podded shelling peas
My best advice when planting seeds is to plant them at the correct depth. They should be buried in the soil at about twice the depth of the seed. Peas seeds are fairly large so I'll plant them at about 1/2 inch. If you're planting broccoli seeds, you'll notice they are tiny little seeds and you'll want to plant them much closer to the surface of the soil. Seeds planted too deeply are prone to rot in the soil.

I'm using these handy 6 pack containers that I've been saving from my nursery visits
Don't forget to label your pots. I like setting them in a tray that's a couple inches deep so I can water the tray and the pots can absorb the water from underneath. This helps prevent damage and disease to your tender seedlings once they emerge. 

We invested in this small "greenhouse" from Costco.com to start our seeds in

"You can't grow chickens like that!" Where are my chickens?"
The seeds we started are:
  • Peas
  • Purple peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Purple basil
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
We're also going to get some zucchini, tomatoes and cucumbers going soon too. We'll have some for sale in a few weeks if all goes well.  

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