Wednesday, March 19, 2008

First Seeds of the Season

Sunday was our first planting of the 2008 season. Leeks and onions really like an early start and we probably could have gotten them in even earlier but that didn't happen. We make our own potting soil using our composted horse manure, peat moss, Jolly Farmer earth worm castings, nutrient balanced mix and we like to add in a bit of purchased organic balanced potting soil in case our mix was lacking anything (Jolly Farmer Certified Organic Grow-on Mix)

We planted seven trays in total, three leeks and four onions. We do not have enough room to start as many transplants as we would like as we use our front living room and there is only so much room. We normally do not plant onions from sets but this year we think we will have to as we do not have the room to grow as many onions as we would like. Most people do not realize that you can grow onions from seed and that you will get a much bigger bulb, plus there are so many more varieties to choose from.

Tiny onion seeds

The living room before and after. We use this room because it has a big south facing window.

Under the table on the left we now have plastic that hangs down to the floor with a tiny space heater. The trays will stay under the plastic with the heater untill they germinate. This usually takes about 5-6 days.

1 comment:

Mary Beth said...

I love your 'greenhouse'/living room. Whatever works for you eh?? You're gonna have to help me with figuring out what I can plant out here...please???