It's almost the first day of spring, which, for those of us not in warmer climates and already IN IT, means gardening season is just around the corner! It's time to start some seeds, test the soil, plan the layout, direct sow other seeds, start some more seeds, set up grow lights, set up the compost, prep the soil, weed the walkways, visit the nursery, research drough-tolerant and native/adaptive plants for the flower beds, aerate the lawns, set up drip irrigation, decorate the garden, and more. Woooo, I'm excited and exhausted just thinking about it.
This year, I'm putting a little more thought into starting my seeds. I think I'm going to use a grow light for my seedlings to prevent them from becoming spindly like last year. Even though all my seedlings were in a very sunny room, I guess it just wasn't enough sun for those little guys. I have even fewer sunny spaces in our new house, so grow lights it is. We have a short grow season, so I need to get as much of a head start as possible. I already know what I'm planting. I'm only buying 3 new seed packets this year (denoted on my list with an asterisk). I stored last year's seed packets in a cool, dry place all winter so I'm hoping they are still good and will germinate easily. I found this handy seed-starting calculator from A Way to Garden. You put in your last frost date (ours is May 14th) and it tells you when to start, when to transplant, and when to direct sow for a whole variety of plants. I printed up some calendars onto cardstock to use to track when things need to be done by. The design is just one of the Microsoft Word ones. I like that it has a space for notes.
Over the next few weeks I'll post my garden plans, lessons learned, and progress shots. I can't wait to kick off #wmgardens 2015!
What are you planting this year?