March is coming to an end and with it, my nursery is beginning to fill with a variety of plants. My current set up works great for the plants but does make watering a bit difficult. Because water leaks from my containers to provide drainage for the seedlings, I have to carry each plant over … Continue reading Upgrades to the Nursery
Seeds are sprouting, the soil is being fed, and my kitchen is aglow with light. Yep. It's growing season. While it remains...refreshingly...cold outside, inside I have 73 quite happy seedlings growing in the warmth of my nursery. And more on the way. This includes several tomato plants, who germinated faster than any tomato plant I … Continue reading It’s Growing Season!
There are very few things more exciting than when the first seedling pops up from the soil. And even though there's a blanket of fresh snow, I know that soon my garden will be thriving once more. So what's in the nursery now? Chamomile, Valerian, White Horehound, and Yarrow. Some of my favorite herbs. The … Continue reading March Goals: Seeds are Sproutin’
If the arrival of the catalogs was exciting, then you know the arrival of new seeds is a thrill. Images of tiny plants sprouting from the soil in the mini greenhouses fill my imagination. The joys of watching them grow, eventually moving into larger containers and under the larger grow lights. Scribbling notes on how … Continue reading The Arrival of the Seeds
It always starts slow. First the herbs, then the peppers. But by the time the tomatoes have poked their little plant forms out of the soil and start reaching towards the light, the nursery has taken off and things start to get very busy around here. By the time those tomatoes are ready to move … Continue reading The Joy from Gardening
It's a "refreshing" 29 degrees here. A reminder that while it is spring, winter is not quite done with us. With our last freeze still a ways off, I've been focusing my attention (and my imagination) on the nursery. My pepper plants that I planted right before the power went out, did end up emerging. … Continue reading What’s New in the Nursery
It's happily that time of year where my peppers have been planted (indoors) and are hopefully germinating at this moment. I have found that peppers require a little bit more TLC than most of the other plants I've grown from seeds. It's sometimes touch and go for the first few weeks. But once they take off, … Continue reading Ready, Set, Peppers!
I'm pleased to say that most of my seedlings (so far) are up. All of the White Horehound, Milk Thistle, Yarrow, and Chamomile are sprouted and doing well. Today I also noticed that some of my onions have also begun to sprout. I'm still waiting for my Valerian and Rosemary to sprout. Hopefully they'll start … Continue reading Germination Progress
It's still too early for me to start many of my plants here in Michigan, but I was able to start my Flat of Italy and my herbs last week. Flat of Italy This is an intermediate onion (meaning they form bulbs and produce well in almost any zone) that is a brilliant "red" color. … Continue reading What’s Germinating
Ah, the nursery. Getting the nursery around marks one of my favorite times of the year. Within a matter of weeks, my teeny tiny seeds will start sprouting and life will begin. All of the planning and organizing comes to this moment. So naturally, this being an epic time, I take a lot of care … Continue reading How to Setup a Nursery: Seedling Style