There is nothing quite like the feeling that fills your every cell when you spot those first seeds starting to sprout. The excitement just wants to burst from your insides as you stare in amazement at the little green stems pushing their way out from underneath the dark black soil.
The journey that lies ahead for these tiny sprouts of green is nothing short of a miracle. From tiny seed to fresh juicy vegetables and colorful blooming flowers in a matter of months …… a lifetime for most garden plants.
These are my pepper seedlings which I started back in December. Rather early to start seeds indoors for the coming season, but I have found peppers grow at a slower rate than other plants. This year I want to transplant some big ole pepper plants into the ground! That way I will be able to harvest peppers earlier than in the past … which was late summer. I may need to transplant these into bigger pots before they find their final home in the outdoor garden. I have attempted to start tomatoes earlier and they tend to get leggy and unmanageable so it’s best to wait on them for a few more weeks.
Back in November I also started some herb seeds indoors and they are doing great! I plan to harvest some this week. I am fortunate to have a nice setup of wire shelving racks with grow lights that supply constant heat and light for my little growing garden. I do water at least every other day since the air in the house is very dry.
Can you name the types of herbs in the three pictures above? Three common every day herbs …. During the winter months I go through my saved seeds every few weeks and decide if there’s something I can start planting. Since I have accumulated quite a number of flower seeds this past season (I am obsessed with saving seeds), I decided to send some along to you! So watch for next week’s Tuesday post and how you can receive your free seeds. It will be easy so don’t worry.
I also like to send a Thank You to Renee’s Gardens for the recent Media Kit they sent along with a packet of Mesclun seeds (which I might just start any day now). Thank You!
Also take a look at P. Allen Smith’s plant suggestions. If you are new to gardening or looking for Spring ideas, bookmark his site which is filled with helpful ideas.
Happy Gardening Thoughts!!