Hurray! Time to start the garden! I couldn’t take much more of this non-dirt eating winter. We got some seeds and some jiffy pots this weekend and I got them started on my lovely work bench, built by my fiance, just for me:
On to the potting. I made a few mistakes in years before, I wrote the names of the seeds directly on the jiffy pots in sharpie and, um, well that washed off. I’m not always clever. Also last year I didn’t soak my soil really well so that was a major pain in the rear end trying to get the soil to soak in a fragile jiffy pot. My final mistake was I used a TON of seeds in each little pot. Again, I have the more is more attitude that doesn’t always pay off. Last year we had to buy seedlings because we didn’t get ours started on time. WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! So this year my goal was to be way more organized about the whole procedure. Success will happen!!
I decided to soak the soil really good in a clay pot that I was going to plant SOMETHING AWESOME THAT I WILL TELL YOU LATER ABOUT in. I also prepared some roasting pans to keep my little children in so they can be hauled around easily. A notebook, for recording the seeds, seeds per pot and other related bits of interest which I will update as I go. A sharpie and masking tape to label everybody. Jiffy pots, obviously and dirt, obviously.
Now that I am all done with that, I get to tell you about my SUPER AWESOME THING. Watch this video, it’s a whole minute:
WHAT LUCKY GIRL HAS TWO THUMBS AND A WONDERFUL GUY THAT BOUGHT HER SOME MIMOSA PUDICA AKA SENSITIVE PLANT SEEDS FOR HER BIRTHDAY LAST YEAR?!?!?!
How exciting! I have literally wanted a sensitive plant since I was like 4 and saw them at the botanical gardens, I think we were in Colorado. I don’t remember. I just remember being smitten. Just smitten. Before my birthday, for giggles I googled what type of plant it was and turns out, it’s a weed! And it costs like a whole dollar for a pack of seeds! Add it to the list! I am pretty easy to please. I also got a bonus pack of Rose of Sharon bushes seeds. Those will be a later story. On to my sensitive plant!!!
I can’t wait until that starts sprouting! I promise to keep you updated because I am very confident that I won’t be able to shut up about it.
Next, some updates on my other friends in the plant world:
The regrow romaine and celery project continues to do stuff and be things.
And the amaryllis is cranking away!
So hopefully this year’s garden will be a major success! I’ve learned a thing or two about the lighting in our garden area, what to plant and how many. Here’s to a big crop of home grown food! Cheers!