Starting Seeds

planting kale

Finally. I’ve planted some seeds for my vegetable garden. Last Monday, I sewed cool season crops: arugula, beets, kale and spinach. I was so excited to get started, I probably didn’t amend the soil enough, but I did manage to turn the soil with some slow release fish fertilizer. Hope its enough.

indoor.seed.planting

Yesterday, I started tomatoes and a few watermelons indoors, in jiffy pots. This is the first time I’ve used Jiffy pots. For years, I used an elaborate tray system with a wicking layer to keep the soil moist, but those seemed to have “disappeared” during a shed clean out. I suspect my husband.

planted.beet.seeds

I can’t wait to see these seeds geminate – its probably my favorite part of growing from seed. The sight of a tiny white root (botanically speaking, “the radicle”) sticking out of a seed never fails to thrill me. And when the curve of the first shoot sticks up from the soil as it unfolds out of the seed? Even better.