Saturday, January 2, 2016

Time to start those seeds

Thursday December 24
It was looking like Christmas was not going to have snow but starting early this morning, the snow began to fall.  By noon five inches of heavy wet snow was on the driveway and lawn.
The first snow of the Winter is always the best.  It's the first snow since Bradley came back from Texas.  When I was going outside to clear the snow off the driveway, he wanted to know what I was doing.  I told him that I was going to remove the snow from the driveway and sidewalk.  He looked at me sort of weird and said, "What if it snows again?"  With a chuckle I replied, "I'll remove it again."  He was still a little puzzled and said, "Why?"  My response was, "Because it's what we do in Nebraska."  One year staying in Texas and Bradley forgot all about Winters in Nebraska.  He was here for five years before he went to Texas and quickly forgot what Nebraska Winters are like. 

 Saturday January 2

It's time to start thinking about basement seed starting.  Before the tomatoes go into these buckets, I want to plant some radishes and lettuce just to see if I can grow some thing useful in the Winter months.  This will be happening this next week.  I just can't keep my fingers out of the dirt.  The soil is a special mix of two bags of Organic potting mix, one bag of peat moss, one bag of perlite, and a large bag of organic garden soil.  It was all dumped into the wheel barrow that I dug out of snow bank and mixed thoroughly.

Every year Lydia's store discounts all the garden seeds at the end of the garden season.  I have for the last couple years bought them all.  They are good Burpee seeds.  I think there's about 150 packs here.  There's everything from Alyssum to Zucchini and every thing in between.  I've been thinking seriously about growing more flowers in my gardens.  This years seed stash has plenty to grow.

 There was a sale on seed starting cell kits so I bought 10.  The potential is for 720 plants.  I have another 72 left over from last year and another 96 from toilet paper rolls.

Yes, I said toilet paper rolls.  Well the empty cardboard centers.  These trays I can get free from a friend.  I hope to fill this one by April but that's a lot of .... yeah, you know, so I'm not sure it will happen.

Let me know what you're doing during the Winter to satisfy that need to garden.