Gardening Jump Start

February 22, 2011   //  Posted in: DIY, Gardening   //  By: Emily   //  2 responses

This summer will be my third full summer in the house; it’s going to be an ambitious one in terms of garden development. The soil’s light and sandy, and for the last two summers has been great for growing tomatoes, which my parents have graciously hand-delivered in as baby plants (they’re like storks with green thumbs).

It’s just about this time every year that they get seeds started, and Dad encouraged me to set up my own system in the basement. Normally I just wait until it’s spring, and let seeds sprout on a windowsill. This year, to see if I genetically inherited the green thumb, I did some shopping, and am now the proud owner of two lights with grow bulbs….

Matching light bases and 75W plant lights. Hopefully this is enough to get the job done.

…and all of these seeds!

15 packets of seeds. Wish me luck!

Granted, some of these are some leftover flower seeds from last year that I’ll put to good use again, but all in all, here’s what I’m hoping I can grow:

  • Edible: Basil (Caprese Salad!),┬áChives, Cilantro (Salsa!), Onions, Sugar snap peas, lettuce (yeah!), Pumpkins, zucchini, and pole beans!
  • Flowers: Nasturtiums (edible blossoms!), Butterfly weed, Zinnias, Poppies, Daisies, and Gaillardia!

Also, brand new soil. YEAH.

Seed starting potting soil; $3.97.

Side benefit, I’ll be able to give my weepy houseplants a kiss of warm sun-love under the brights before the weather really improves. Once the snow ceases and sun emerges, most plants find their way to the luxurious sunroom for, what I imagine feels comparable to a spa treatment after a winter hibernation.

More to come as setup commences. Any tips?

  • ginnie
    7 years ago - Reply

    How neat! I just picked up the window sill planter set from HomeDepot over the weekend when I was there to start off since I do NOT have a green thumb! I’m growing chives, cilantro, oregano, and parsley. It’s also a cute decorative set for the kitchen window. :)

    • Emily
      7 years ago -

      Your herb selection sounds great :) I usually have basil, but having an assortment at my fingertips sounds luxurious. Are you going to share photos of the setup on your site?

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