Today marks the official beginning of our gardening life. You may look outside and see nothing special about this day, it’s cold, in fact only 25 degrees (here in Montana). You don’t think this day coincides with warm, sunny images that DO go hand in hand with gardening. BUT you’re wrong! Today is a perfect day for getting dirty, putting plans into action, and starting some of your children, the little green life forms that will soon be popping up from the earth and will hopefully contribute to a successful garden crop this summer.
Now not all children need to be started right now, today I only planted 7 varieties of yummy foods. But more will come soon (like squash and pumpkins in April). Today I planted our yellow onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, sweet basil, Greek oregano, and sage. We have a 12 across, 6 down seed starting tray so I planted six plants of each to keep it simple. I’m not sure if this quantity is overly hopeful or over achieving but for our first garden I think it will work out just fine.
Here’s what I did to start the process:
1.) I brought all of my equipment outside on the deck, including my seed tray, potting soil, a big mixing bowl, water (in the growler), my garden journal, and of course, the seeds!
2.) I wetted the soil until a ball of it would hold it’s shape but the edges would still crumble away (so, not very much water).
3.) I packed in the soil to the rows I would be using.
4.) I used my pinky finger to make an ever so slight dent in the soil that would cradle the seeds. We only want the seeds about ¼ inch deep.
5.) Then I tucked the little guys in, covering them with their soil blankets.
6.) Last thing, I recorded in my garden journal each vegetable and the date it was planted so we can look back at the end of the season and see if we had any particular success or failures. It’s always a learning process and taking notes helps!