Monday, February 9, 2009

Seed Inventory/Planting Part III

I finished off my last post showing what I was going to plant in and now this is the third and final phase of my seed planting. A few years ago my sweet hubbie gave me a wonderful birthday present that I had never used. In fact, it had never even been brought out of the box and assembled. So, guess what it was !Is this a great birthday present for a gardener or what? I never used it because I didin't really have any place to put it, that is until now.As soon as I got this assembled I placed it on the south side of my house. I got out my seed trays and filled them with this wonderful medium.This is the packaged mix I used. It's the same stuff that you can use for the peat pots. Here's the little assembled trays just waiting for the seeds.As you can see I made a little "well" in the center of each section and then placed the seeds in them. Some of the seeds were tiny so a few went into each section. When the seedlings sprout I'll have to cut back the weakest looking ones in order to get one good seedling.The last thing I did was water them in good and check for appropriate drainage. I poured off the excess and placed them in the greenhouse. Now for the last step, keep fingers crossed and hope for the best.



30 comments:

Milah said...

I'm chomping at the bit waiting and wanting to start some seed, but I'm too far north to do that just yet. I must be patient and not get ahead of myself.
Your stand was a nice gift. I'm glad you can finally enjoy it.

Jacquie said...

I SO wish I had a green thumb!! I can't keep anything alive... but you make all this stuff look so easy.

perennialgardener said...

That's a very useful birthday gift Susie! I'm glad you are finally able to use it. Good luck with your new seedlings.

Susie said...

Milah-I hope I haven't jumped the gun by starting these. Just couldn't help myself.

Jacquie-It really is pretty easy. Maybe you could try just planting into some pots.

Racquel-My honey did a great job picking this out for me. I'm glad I remembered I had it.

Casey said...

Can't wait to see what pops up. What a great gift for a gardener. Love you, Casey

George said...

What a great three-part tutorial. We've got our fingers crossed with you.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Susie, Your blog title is perfect, Diggin' in the Dirt... Looks like you have all of the ingredients. NOW--we'll all just wait and see the results.

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Naturegirl said...

How exciting to have this unit to get those seedlings started..what a show when it is filled with blossoms! Can't wait to see the after!

Becky said...

I can't wait to see those little seeds pop their heads up outta the dirt!

Dorothy said...

Susie,
What a great gift from your sweetie! You will find lots of uses for this. Good luck with your seedlings!

Kanak Hagjer said...

What a great gift Susie. Love your seed-sowing series...thanks for sharing. I hope all your seeds do really well.
Looking forward to more posts on yor future plants!

Darla said...

Are you kidding me! That greenhouse would have been stuck up somewhere, even inside. Great present.........Keep posting on the seed journey.

marmee said...

so glad you finally got that great little greenhouse out of the box. i love it and hope for the best with your seeds. it will be great fun to watch those babies grow.

Jen said...

Oh your own little green house, How perfect for you!!!
Your hubby is great too; even if he doesn't wear mouse ears. :)
(my word verification is 'hosta'. ha!)

Roses and Lilacs said...

I envy you, I'd love to have one. That's a great gift. You'll have a head start on the rest of us who direct sow in the garden.
Marnie

flydragon said...

Aren't those little greenhouses great? I'm surprised you waited so long to use it. I'm looking forward to seeing all your little seedlings coming up!!

Susie said...

Casey, You know you could start some veggies or herbs too.

Thanks George-lets hope they come up.

Betsy-My blog is mostly a gardening blog with a little fun stuff thrown. It's just during the winter not too much going on out there.

Thanks Nature Girl-the little greenhouse is the perfect size. Thanks for the visit to my blog.

Sister-me neither!!

Dorothy-I may try some veggie seed next. I first have to see if this will work.

Thanks Kanak-Girl you know I'll be posting on all my plants.

Darla-You are so funny girl! Inside? Trust me, I thought about that.

marmee-Yeah that little greenhouse had been in that box for at least 4 years. I'm glad I remembered it.

Jen-Yes my hubbie is great even without the ears. Hosta? how funny!!!

Marnie-Thanks for the visit to my blog. Actually I think direct sowing would be a lot easier.

flydragon-I really am glad I have this little greenhouse. It was a thoughtful gift from my honey. I just hope it does it's job!

Terri said...

I have tiny greenhouse envy! :) Here's hoping your babies grow green and strong!

Miss Sandy said...

Great green house! I'm off to skip down to see what you have been up to.

Meadowview Thymes said...

I want one of those!! Do you know where your sweet hubby got it? You have really gotten a start on things. How much fun!!

Mildred said...

Oh what a wonderful gift. I have my fingers crossed too! Keep us posted.

TC said...

We had the exact same growing shelf and it lasted many years. We're thinkin of gettin a new one. We'd move seedlings out on it to harden them off before transplanting to the garden in spring. In winter, we'd have it full of houseplants that had been moved back inside. I just wrote about seed starting for this week's gardening column.

jen said...

Ahhhh...your blog makes me look so forward to spring!!! I'm getting ready to order my seeds.

Jen

beckie said...

Susie, great pictoral. I love the little greenhouse-it should serve you well.

Now, I am ready to see some plants sprouting. :}

Susie said...

Thanks Terri, the little greenhouse is the perfect size.

Thanks Sandy-I'm glad you like the greenhouse.

Linda-He got it at a local home store when we lived in Georgia.

Thanks Mildred I need all the "crossed fingers" I can get! haha!

TC-Good to know that it may last so long. But I have to admit I cracked one of the plastic parts putting it together.

Jen-thanks for visiting my blog. Ordering seeds is so exciting. I was at Wal-mart checking some out today but I didn't purchase any.

Beckie-Girl, I am so ready to see seeds sprouting as well.

A. Joy said...

What a great gift!! Now I'm guessing you'll have lots of new things you can grow with the help of the greenhouse?
Love the egg carton idea! I had to tell my husband, since we already collect egg cartons for our chicken's eggs!

Susie said...

Autumn-Glad you like my gift. My honey did great getting it for me. If you have plenty of cartons hanging around maybe give it a try.

Elise said...

I can't wait to get started here. My planting season here starts at the end of May. How soon should I start the seeds indoors?

Susie said...

Elise-I would probably start the seeds sometime in early April. This may seem a little early but you want them to be a good size when it's time to plant them outdoors.

Rose said...

I'm really envious of that greenhouse, Susie! You won't regret finally taking that out of the box:)