I bought a 4 foot hanging shop light that has florescent bulbs. I'll put that above my trays of pots and hope that I will have plenty of light for young seedlings to get a good start. I'm planning to plant tomatoes: Sweet 100s, Heirloom Beef Steak, Better Boy, and Early Girl. We have such a short growing season that I like to have some early tomatoes as well as some that take a little longer just in case we can get a few huge tomatoes late in the season. I'll also be planting: broccoli, Brussels sprouts (experiment), cabbage, peppers, and maybe some cantaloupe. I want to start some flowers too: moss rose, snapdragons, marigolds, and petunias.
(Illustration By Elayne Sears)
Another great tip I found was how to make your own liquid fertilizer for young transplants. Since I have chickens, I can use some of that manure mixed with wood shavings and add in grass clippings and a few other things into a bucket of water. I had always heard that chicken poop was "too hot" to mix into the garden directly, so it makes sense to make a "compost tea" with it to use as fertilizer. I've also read that some people take their weeds, throw them into a bucket, add water and sunshine, and let it steep into a tea that works as fertilizer. Not even the weeds need to go to waste!
I will wait until about March 10th before I start planting my seeds because our last frost date can be as late as the end of May. By starting my own seeds, I will have more choices for the types of plants I can grow instead of relying on the greenhouses to make those choices for me. I hope to save a little money on my garden costs too. Wish me luck!
Do you have any seed starting tips to share?