Planting seeds with Dylan is now an annual tradition. We spent the afternoon organizing seeds, preparing seed trays, and planting seeds.
At this point Dylan is a professional at preparing the seedlings. We planted two varieties of peppers, tomatoes, three varieties of onions, celery, and sunflowers. In the past I have planted sunflowers from seed outside. As the young plants sprouted the chipmunks of the rabbits would eat them. This year I will not have that problem, the sunflowers will be big and strong plants before the rabbits and chipmunks have a chance at them.
I used the second half of the onion box for the three additional onion varieties. Now I have two yellow varieties and two red varieties. I accidentally order two similar red onion types. Now I will be able to compare and contrast the two varieties. After planting the seeds Dylan and I created a growing area that is closer to the lights with a heater underneath. With the changes more onions have sprouted.
This year’s planting set up allows the seedlings to be heated from below. The fluorescent lights run for sixteen hours a day on a timer I have set up. If you are starting from seed and using fluorescent lights your plants will need a minimum of sixteen hours of light. I will turn the boxes around so the plants grow straight and not curved to the light.
So far this is my favorite set up. I particularly like the heater under the plants. It is also free-standing and not connected to anything. A couple of years ago I lost most of my plants to a mice eating the plants to the soil.
After getting the seeds into the soil. I re-purposed a clementine box into a seed organizer.
I have accumulated a lot of seeds. Now I can put my hands on my seeds quickly, well fairly quickly.
It has been a busy week. I am excited to have seeds in the soil. I look forward to warmth of spring and working out in the garden again.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.