Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Seed Starting 2014

It was so cold and snowy this year that I got my seed order in a little late. So, I'm starting them a little late too!  Thankfully Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds processed and shipped my seeds so quickly that I had them in under a week. 

What seeds did I buy?
Sleeping Beauty Melon
Russian Red Kale
Amarillo Carrot
Chinese Red Noodle Bean
Red Wing Lettuce Mix
Philadelphia Fish Pepper
Topepo Rosso Pepper
Black Hungarian Pepper
Red Romaine Lettuce - free gift!

Not everything needs to be started inside, but I wanted to get the three varieties of peppers a head start. 

How do you start seeds inside? It's easy. I repurposed a plastic lettuce box from the grocery store, poked a couple drainage holes in the bottom, and used the plastic lid as a tray. 

I bought Jiffy brand seed starting pellets at the garden store, soaked them in water to expand them to full size, put them in my repurposed lettuce box, and put 2-3 pepper seeds on top. Then I covered the box with plastic wrap and put it by the window. 

Pepper seeds germinate faster in light but some seeds prefer a darker environment. (Baker Creek seed packets have lots of helpful info on the back!) 

I was supposed to start these 8-10 weeks before the last frost date, but I figure better late than never. It's either this or get lazy and buy whatever plants they have at the neighborhood big box store. I really wanted to try some new things this year. 

I'm hoping to grow the Hungarian Black and Philadelphia Fish peppers (both hot peppers) in containers on my balcony. The balcony faces south, gets direct sun all day long, and can get pretty hot. Last year I had a great hot pepper harvest out there despite it being a cool, wet summer. 

Next week?
I'm planting the Amarillo carrots out in the garden. 


Barb said...

We're moving to an apartment with a garden so I may have to ask you for some gardening help soon! :) Can't wait to see how the seeds grow...

Aga Grabowska said...

I have started my seeds too, theyare ready to be planted. Just waiting for warmer days:)

Mao Mao Kitty said...

Sounds wonderful! I am more than happy to offer advice and encouragement. You'll be surprised how much you can grow, even in a small space.

Mao Mao Kitty said...

Sounds like you're more on schedule than I am!