I posted on facebook that I would be planting my fancy, shmancy heirloom seeds any day and received quite the backlash from concerned family members regarding the timing. Although I’m anxious for my garden, I had to explain several times that I was planting them indoors in order to germinate them first.
We purchased a wire rack on castors from Amazon.com to hold our seed trays. I had no clue how many seed trays I would need, just that I went completely overboard ordering seeds from three different seed company’s sites. By the time I had checked out three times I had racked up a bill over $200 and had more seeds than I knew what to do with. It was hard to comprehend how 200 tomato seeds would look in a garden we haven’t even tilled. Is a row capable of producing 5 plants? 10 plants? Maybe 30 plants? All concepts I could not grasp while ordering seeds online.
I was faced with the same dilemma while standing in Tractor Supply looking at seed trays. Each tray has 72 spaces. If I have approximately 2,000 seeds, that means I need…… Well I’ll just start with six.
I spent a weekend labeling my trays with practically arbitrary ideas of how much of this and how many of that I would want in the garden, doing my best to visualize how many leaves a kale plant might have. I quickly filled 6 trays with masking tape labels and realized I’d need about 6 to 9 more trays before I was done.
When finally the time came, I realized if I waited one more weekend I’d be right next to a new moon. What a perfect time to plant! So I waited patiently and began to plant.
In just one day the chamomile began to sprout! In two days I had about five things sprouting and the onions were doing a weird spider web-y thing. Three days and I had kale a half inch tall. I can’t believe how exciting it is and fast everything is growing right in the middle of our dining room window!
We are witnessing life right before our eyes.