Today, the weather was a bit warmer (albeit with a chill breeze), so I decided to plant the first of my seeds to start indoors. Since last frost is estimated to be around May 8 this year, I figure I’ll start my seeds in several sets. The first set is the seeds that take a long time to start, and the seeds that can be planted out early. This includes brassicas, herbs, and tomatillos. The second set will be seeds that grow faster, including the squash family. Around last frost, or maybe a bit before it depending on the variety, I will plant any seeds that have to be direct-sown, such as carrots, beets, and a few others.
“Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger.” (Sun Tzu’s Art of War, 5:15)
This line stood out to me because I feel that I’m building energy to garden with a homesteading mindset. Gardening is nothing new to me, but I’ve never come close to feeding myself by gardening. This year, I plan on pushing the limits of what my garden can grow. Once I’ve committed to this, all of my energy will be released, and my garden will be bountiful.
I like to start my seeds in plastic cups with holes poked in the bottom; I can reuse these many times. I filled the bottom half of each cup with garden soil, and the top with potting soil.
I planted wildflower seeds as well, to hold together a dune at Ace’s dad’s house. I figured most of the flowers in this mix are hardy and can deal with the sandy soil.
In all, I planted 18 solo cups worth of veggies, two of Echinacea, and several pots of wildflowers. Each cup has several seeds in it, so I will have an enormous number of plants.
I planted dill, parsley, basil, chives, kale, cabbage, broccoli, and tomatillo. I have a 20-gallon aquarium on my dresser that I use for propagating plants, and this is where I’m growing my starts.
The wildflowers I’m growing in my tropical grow box. This is where I’ve been keeping my tropical plants that I grew on my deck last summer.
~The Homesteading Hippy