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Seeds, seeds, glorious seeds

By Penny Stine

Oh happy day… my gardening buddy, Jan of the awesome garden, came over on Saturday and we organized our seeds and got some seeds started in our bio-domes.


It was fun to have all our seeds spread out all over the table. While the seeds are on the table, the gardens in our heads are still perfect with possibilities. Once the seeds are actually planted and growing… well, that's when imperfection rears its ugly head.


It's too early for tomatoes (they'll get way too leggy if you start them inside now), but we figured that it was fine for slow growers like peppers, basil, leeks, celery and celery root.




As you can see by the labels on the domes, we tried to be organized so we'd know exactly what was growing and where it was growing.

We also started broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, because they can all be planted outside in April, so we figured starting them now would give us nice-sized plants by the first week of April.


We planted the herbs first and then did the rest. By the time we got everything else labeled and planted, I took a peek at the basil seeds and saw that they were already starting to swell up and look interesting. Pretty cool, considering that they're two-year old seeds!

We still have one bio-dome left, which we'll use to start tomatoes. I thought we had enough space for everything in our bio-domes, until I remembered that one of our experimental plantings this year is pineapple ground cherries (i.e., pineapple tomatillos), and we're going to start those when we start tomatoes. Guess I'll have to clean out my small black plastic pots and go buy some seedling mixture.

There's nothing like starting a few seedlings to liven up a Saturday afternoon in February.  


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