I got my seed starting setup together this week and it’s looking good.
I’m trying a heat-mat for the first time but I didn’t want to spring for a $30 one on Amazon so I’m using this $.50 one instead. Christmas light seed starting mat!
After doing a bit of research it sounds like they don’t get too hot, they are mostly waterproof, and they are cheap. Sure the heat isn’t super even but these are seeds not high precision biology experiments.
I filled the trays from my Burpee Self Watering Seed Starting Kit
that I bought last year with some seed starting mix. I used Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix which has mixed reviews but I’m a hobbyiest, not a professional and it’s easy to find.
I started 12 onions, 12 peppers, 12 coneflowers, and one pot of parsley. I made little row labels from something from the recycling bin and I’m ready to see them sprout. I know these early ones take a long time to get going but I’m hoping by starting them a bit earlier than I started my peppers last year, I’ll manage to get some good sized plants.
No spouts yet but it’s only been a couple days. I have way more started that I will ever have room to plant but people love seedlings and I love giving my little babies away. I just want enough margin for low germination rates etc.
P.S. Let me know if you are local and have a garden in need of veggie or herb seedlings. I love to share!
I have officially finished phase one of operation backsplash. We went with white subway tile in a herringbone pattern and I LOVE it!
I started in the middle of the stove area and worked out from there.
I did all the easy parts before working on all the complicated cuts.
It starts really coming together. And once I’ve cleaned off all the tool-mess I made, it really looks wonderful.
Finishing up the grout work should only take another day or so. From there we will be able to clean up everything with grout and put up the final piece of window trim. It’s so exciting to see things coming together.
I love this stuff. It doesn’t smell awful and it doesn’t smell too-much. Too many cleaners are just so over-scented that they make me sick. 409 is great. It cuts through grease and I even manage to clean my stove without getting overly frustrated. I am not a cleaner – AT ALL – but the 409 is good stuff. I highly recommend.
I normally wait so long to clean my stove that it is covered in baked on sauce of all varieties. If you’re the type to clean your stove after you spill anything on it, than I’m sure you have other products but the 409 gets all the black burnt stuff off pretty easily.
I have the lemon scented one but since it is so mild, I may try the regular one next time. It also comes in a good spray bottle which is important. I can’t stand cheap sprayers. I’ll probably re-use this bottle once I’m done with it. I wonder if Round-up would melt it? I need a new sprayer for that stuff.
I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for spring. We had so much snow this year and I can’t wait for it to all melt and be gone.
While I’m stuck indoors during this crazy snowy winter, I’ve been giving a-lot, even too much, thought to my garden.
I’m trying some new things this year. The most exciting is bunching onions. I’ve got some Burbee Evergreen Long White Bunching Onion seeds that sound pretty easy.
I’m also doing tomatoes, hot peppers, jalapenos, sugar snap peas, and a variety of herbs. I’ve also got summer squash and zuccinni on the menu as well as another attempt at a butternut squash.
The tomatoes, peppers and onions will get started in March and the zinnias, lettuce, and herbs will start in April. Everything else will be direct-sown in april or may depending on how cold-hardy they are. I’m hoping for an early spinach crop as well as a profusion of green beans.
Now if the ground would thaw already I could start working in compost and doing some of the landscaping I’ve got planned for this spring!