The Weekend Update
So...middle of last week I started 9 seeds ( 3 each of broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts) I originally started them in a small container a la EG's method of sprouting them.
However after one night in the container, there was no moisture present. I decided that my container must not be very good at keeping humidity in, so I started them the same way I've started everything else.
I put them into 9 cells of a 72 cell tray under a humidity dome. 4 of the 9 seeds sprouted immediately (thanks to my super duper heat mat!), and for the life of me I do not know which 4 they are!
Saturday afternoon, I also planted a whole pack of Candy Onion seeds. I've never grown onion from seed, but I hear it's fairly easy. Once they sprout, I will move them to their own individual cells. Hopefully they will be big enough to transplant out into the garden at the end of March/beginning of April.
I've also got some impatiens that have sprouted up. Since they are a shade/partial shade plant, I put them on a lower shelf not directly under the lights. Not sure if that was the right move, but they haven't died yet!
Next up will be tomatoes and pepper seedlings started inside. That will be the end of this week/start of next week that I do that. March 11th will be exactly 8 weeks from my projected last frost date.
I plan on sprouting them in the 72 cell trays under the humidity domes and then tranferring them to their own individual 32 oz. clear deli container that I am going to go get from GFS tonight hopefully. I am hoping to avoid potting up past this container as I think it will be big enough for the tomatoes as long as I can get them in the ground around my target date.
I also plan on picking up some bales of peat and compost from the store next weekend for the actual garden bed. It's going to take a bit more than I want to buy since I decided to go with 11" high instead of 6" like last year.
I'm going to see how much the old soil will fluff up, and it it won't I'll just dump on top instead of mixing in with it. I want to get the IRT 100 mulch on as soon as possible to start warming the soil up.
Once it's warmed to a decent temperature I'm going to direct sow the peas and carrots, plant out the broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and Brussels sprouts. Probably the first/second week in April I'd hope.
well that's my update. I'd normally post this in my blog, but it won't let me post new posts for some reason, so I've given up on it!