Spring Has sprung !!!! .......At least in my House !!!
Oh….. spring is just around the corner.I can feel it ! even though there still is snow on the ground here and it’s still tries to snow / rain or combination of both. (weather can’t decide).
Today I planted seeds … yes !
Tomatoes (various kinds – cherry (yellow & red), beef steak, yellow and redtomatoes, heirloom presimmons; red & green peppers, purple mallow, tarragon, basil, silver dollar).All the seeds were saved from last year’s harvest or given to me, except for the heirloom presimmons . I splurged on the heirloom tomatoe seeds at a recent local organic fair, with the hope of being able to save some seeds from this year's tomatoes for next year.
recycled yogurt containers used as seedling pots
I bought fresh “seedling earth”, some new trays (my old ones were leaking), saved individual yogurt containers for pots (remember to poke holes in the bottom) from others recycling efforts; the seedling labels came from old venetian blind slats cut up.
In lieu of the rising cost of food and an interest in growing my own food, I am expanding my raised vegetable beds this year. Hubby is a great recycler and has already started searching out wood for free. This year he found someone with long pieces of wood that they were going to cut up for firewood and is trading it for wood he already cut up and is stored in our garage (see previous post on our simple winter heating). The long pieces he found are perfect for building my new raised vegetable bed.
Hubby promised to build me a cold frame (from recycled wood and windows found during “large garbage days” – soon to be another post) so my seedlings can be planted outside earlier this year and extend my growing season.
It's easy to start your own vegetable seeds indoors. If you only have a window sill you can still grow fresh herbs year round.