Thank God! I made it! Spring is here! Hurray! (enough exclamations for you?!)
finally, I made it through a dark and dreary and home bound winter with two babies under the age of 2 (I do not recommend this age difference) and now the cherry blossoms are out and it's time to get those seeds planted. We have been so busy these past few weeks with all of our preparation
This is my seed starting station - a "greenhouse" (72 cells, thank you very much) in my office because it is very warm in there and very dark.
We started pepper, tomato, and basil seedlings. I place my greenhouse over a seed heating mat. Do you know that almost all of my tomatoes germinated in 5 days? Go heat mat!
Then we got busy planning things out. I spread out all the seed packets that I've collected the past few months and set out to decide what goes where and when it gets put in.
This year we employed the Popsicle stick labeling system. We cut each stick in half and label the seed cells. I don't know if I would recommend this method for next year. I noticed that many of the sticks had mold growing on them after a week or two.
Jeremy rigged up a cold fluorescent bulb shop light in the garage for the transplanted seedlings. Yeah, but wouldn't you know it - and I'm not kidding here - the BULB CAUGHT ON FIRE within a week and so it is closed for repairs at the moment.