Thursday, March 1, 2012

My little laundry room grow-op


Haha… You thought I was a good girl?  Little did you know… 

Nah.  Just kidding.  I didn’t get my medical ganja license or anything… it’s just these:


I am pretty much the most impatient gardener ever.  My organic seed order is in, my garden is in decent repair, my yard is clean of debris from this winter’s storms and yet Spring still hasn’t sprung!   I went to the store and saw that the seeds were stuck behind a construction area where they were building BBQ grills and the peat pots were all stuck on the top shelf, stored away for winter… well I snapped a little bit.  It is MARCH.  Time to plant!  Where are the broccoli starts?  And all the cold weather veggies like Bok Choy?  Sigh…  not ready yet?  Nothing to put in my dirt that I have been aching to get my hands in?  Well fine.  I’ll do it myself then.

I got a bag of Jiffy Organic Seed Sprouting Mix and a few peat pots and I decided to try my hand again at growing tomatoes from seed.  Then my dear friends Sarah and Heather just happened to have an extra shop light which I fitted with grow bulbs and my ‘little laundry grow-op’ was born.

I started by filling the bag of Jiffy Seed Starting Mix with enough water to get it damp and clump together, but not enough to make it drip.


Like this:


Then I filled as many peat pots as my trays would hold and put the damp dirt in them.  I tucked the tomato seeds into the tops of the peat pots and watered them in well. 


Then I started searching for more seeds to fill them with.  Tomatoes were only the gateway drug.  Winking smile

I now have broccoli, cabbage, bok choy and pak choy, corn (I found organic!), yellow squash and delicata winter squash all starting along side my tomatoes in my laundry room.  (For seed planting, I follow this general guide and the back of the package.)

I can confess to STILL being impatient.  I have been in there at least 20 times in the last two days just watching them… even though I know it will be next week before any of these little seeds poke their heads out of the ground.


Sigh.  Still, even if it’s fabricated… I watch vigilantly for the signs of Spring. 



Cat J B said...

Ooh, great idea! I have a bench in my laundry with a perfectly placed power point and over head cupboards that I could a fix light underneath of....hmm. It's actually just the start of Autumn already but omg it has been unseasonally COLD the last few days!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Love your laundry room as your "grow" room -- I haven't been able to find a good place in this house to start seedlings - we have sunny windowsills in the playroom but then the cat gets them as soon as I take off the tray covers....hmm....time to go stare at my laundry room!


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