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Seed starting season

Have I mentioned this is my favorite time of year? Haha.. yes I have a few hundred times.

I think what I love so much about spring is seeing all the new life that sprouts up all around us. It's especially exciting this year in our new house because I have been finding spring flowers everywhere. Even in Gage's dirtbike track where we hauled dirt from the flower bed we tore out last year!

Something new I am trying that I've always wanted to do, is seed starting. For the past several months I've been saving seeds from various veggies we have bought, but also bought several packages of seeds from Rural King. I think it is exciting to grow stuff from seeds because it makes you feel accomplished 😉

We planted tomatoes a few weeks ago, here are all the little sprouts...

Isn't that so exciting??

I didn't realize just how many seeds were in those little packets, so I bought waaayyy too many. I decided to sell the extra ones to try and make my money back, and guess what..I already have orders rolling in! Now I'm not going to lie, this is a little daunting because at our house, something catastrophic can likely happen in the blink of an eye. 36 out of 72 of my pepper plants have been knocked off the window sill so far, and a whole container of kale seedlings. I redeemed myself however by planting more, but I just hope I make it to May with enough starts for my customers, haha!

Here you can see just how many seedlings I've started, and this is only about half. The other things I have started in the greenhouse are more kale, lettuce, spinach, and cilantro. From what I can tell, all those things will be fine in an unheated greenhouse, where as things like peppers, tomatoes, and watermelon need warmer conditions than what temp it is in there right now.

Another delight I have in the greenhouse is dwarf sunflowers. Since I bought the seeds online and apparently didn't pay attention to what country they were from, the back of the packet is written in a different language..go figure. So those are a big ol science experiment. I will say though.. today when I was out there, they were sprouting. I am still not going to count my chickens before they hatch though, since we are having cooler temperatures than the past several weeks. What am I out though if they don't make it? About $1.89. Why am I 33 years old and just now growing stuff from seeds?!

Check back to see if any of this stuff actually makes it to May and into the gardens of my friends and family!

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