Starting a garden for the first time is a lot of guess work. Take a chance and keep my fingers crossed..at least its been that way for me. So we bought our house, we were in the process of renovating/moving and I also wanted to start seedlings so they would be ready come spring. Well, our new house is at a much higher elevation and the weather is much different so I’m not sure what the weather patterns are. Plus, its in a very small town and I had no luck looking up frost records from previous years. I just gauged it by the next biggest town’s average temperatures however our weather can be quite a bit different as we are over 1000 feet higher.
My solution was to start my seeds in cycles a few weeks apart.
My first round consisted of peppers and cherry tomatoes which I started in February.
Mid March I started more of those and strawberries.
Late March I started corn, more strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce and broccoli.
I started most of my seeds in these little starter sets that include the tray, lid, and soil disks. Soak the dehydrated soil disks in water until they expand, drain the excess water, insert seeds and cover. The material that holds the soil is biodegradable so you don’t disturb the roots when transplanting. Watching these guys sprout was very exciting. I don’t have a grow lamp so I was hauling all of my starter trays to different parts of the house to get the best growing conditions. They quickly took on an almost pet-like roll with the feeding, taking them out during the day and bringing them in for bed.
I have all my start dates recorded so I can adjust them for next year. My plan is to keep records of as much as I can so eventually this gardening thing wont be so much guessing.