Making Plans for the Garden

Posted: December 28, 2013 in Yard and Garden
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It’s now about time to start making plans for the garden! I know, it’s too early and cold to plant seeds outside, but if you start seedlings inside before the season, you are probably thinking about starting fairly soon just like we are.

This year we’re going to germinate our seeds inside mini greenhouses we purchased at Park’s Seeds. In the past, we have put our seeds into biodegradable pods and germinated them in the oven with the oven light on. This worked really well because the oven light provided the perfect amount of heat for quick germination. Sometimes our tomato seeds would germinate practically overnight. Unfortunately, our parents didn’t really like having dirt in the oven or even in the kitchen. And then there was the whole setup we had in our basement with special lighting. The mini greenhouses from Park’s was an investment to keep everything a little tidier and self-contained this year. It’s probably more psychological than anything else…. When the seedlings get big enough, we’ll gradually move them to a mini greenhouse/cold frame outside.

We also bought a few of our favorite seeds from Park’s. We mostly like their Beefmaster, Whopper, and Juliet tomatoes, their broccoli Packman, and their Cucumber Garden Sweet Burpless. We also have some seeds from a company called Guardian. Guardian is a company that sells survival things, seeds included. Our parents have a small business and they used to buy inventory from Guardian, but they felt the company was dishonest so our parents stopped buying and selling Guardian products. We still have a very small supply of Guardian seeds left, and we’re going to see if they actually work. They were packaged in 2011 and they are supposed to be good for at least 4 years after that. We are going to see if their “survival” seeds would really help a person survive.

Anyway, if you are starting any gardening projects soon, we wish you the best of luck!

  1. atkokosplace says:

    I’ve been re-growing green onions all winter. I also have broccoli sprouts always growing at different stages. I snip them right when they get about 3 inches tall and toss them in salads or anything really. The basil plants did okay. The leaves went into a variety of dishes. I’ve been sprouting lentils and a few other sprouted seeds. I need to find an easier way as sprouting them in mason jars and having to rinse the seeds a few times a day can get annoying. But I do like to eat them and they are highly, highly nutritious! So no matter how annoying…I will continue doing it until a better system can be worked out! Thanks for sharing all the fun you are having. Gardening is so much fun! I am learning, which is my favorite thing to do. Take care, Koko:)

    • Yeah – I saw your green onion trick. Very cool! What we didn’t like about sprouting in mason jars was some cloudiness even when rinsing did happen. Our grandmother did sprouts in an empty very large square can. It seemed a lot cleaner. The water could flush the old water out and sort of clean the sprouts. That’s the way we want to do it this year. I like the idea of having broccoli sprouts always growing. We keep forgetting that the leaves are good too so thanks for the reminder!

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