Thursday, January 14, 2010
t's that time of the year here... the seed/gardening catalogs are arriving in great abundance.
It's time to plan this year's garden. Hannah and Abbie and I especially love the flower/herb gardens, but the veggie gardens are important too, so we'll be planning for all of them.
I like to start many of our plants indoors from seed~ so much cheaper that way and allows access to many varieties that simply aren't available in local nurseries too.
I have already ordered my pansy seeds. I *love* having pots and all sorts of containers on our front porch and back decks full of pansies. They can go out early in the spring (hello? spring? where are you?) Anyway I always start pansies from seed (well, most years I do) but I don't think I have ever started them early enough to have blooming pansies to set out when I am ready to put them out.
Here in the Midwest many years it simply gets too hot for pansies to do well once June arrives, so I need to start the seeds early not only to satisfy my desire to see green and color, but also to beat the heat.
Last spring, when I was still pretty new to the whole blogging thing I did two tutorials on seed starting under lights in your basement. If you are interested, you can find part one here and part two here. I am quite certain that I have overlooked one thing or another in those tutorials, so feel free to ask if you have a question and I'll try to answer them in another post soon.
Then, just for grins, I had to show you this:
All I did was ask for the boys to get out the peanut butter so we could make sandwiches and this is what I got! And yes, all seven are open and each one in various states of being used up.
I think we'll be cleaning out the pantry this weekend as well!