Wow, how am I already writing a post for #GardenWithJullia 2018!? Where does the time go!?
If you’ve been following along, you may know that 2017 didn’t quite get as much coverage as my first year of gardening in 2016. I’m hoping to change that for this upcoming year.
For Christmas I received an awesome set of seeds from my hubby, as well as some garden tools. This was just what I needed to dive back in! Since then I’ve made a spreadsheet and document with planting dates to help me get my head on straight and DO ALL THE THINGS!
Of course, excitable me decided I needed a whole new shelf and lights to devote to starting seeds this year. Luckily, logical (and much more budget conscientious) me has realized all I really need is some seed-starting trays. I found some on Amazon that have domes with them, and although I was thinking of getting a heating mat to really speed up the seed-starting fun, I think I’m going to break out my desk lamp instead. The trays have domes, so they should hold in the humidity and the temperatures fairly well. I may also wrap one level of the [existing] shelf in plastic to help hold in heat as well.
–If you remember my “makeshift greenhouse,” I have sense learned (by reading, not experience) that foil can cause the plants to burn. Thus my decision to try using plastic instead.–
As exciting as all of this is, I’m a little intimidated. There are tons of vegetables I’ve never eaten, much less grown, that I’m going to try growing this year. I’m nervous they won’t survive (some are going to do much better if I wait until the fall and plant them for the winter) and I’m worried about having places to put them all!
Other ideas for this year include looking into a greenhouse, or at least a cloche to extend the growing time when the weather cools off (and warms up in the spring, NEXT year).
If you’re curious as to what I’m considering purchasing, I’ve made an Amazon list. If you have any experience with any of these or better recommendations, I’d love to hear about it. One of the things I’m considering is the larger fabric raised beds as opposed to my buckets. I like the idea of being able to interplant, but the buckets give me a better support system for things like tomato cages. So I’m still undecided about that.
Within the next week or so I expect to begin starting seeds indoors, and I am excited!
Are you gardening this year? Just along for the ride? I’d love to hear from you!