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#GardenWithJulia 2018 – Feb 3 Update

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2018 Intro – Here I Come! | Seeds! | Seeds, Round Two!

If you’d like to see, here’s the doc I’ve been using to keep track of planting/tasks/results.

And here’s the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension recommended cultivars list I reference for dates and such.

Hey there! Just thought I might give a quick update on the seedlings and what’s coming up soon.

My seedlings were getting leggy and I realized my light was probably too far away, so I lowered it and am hoping that it will help. Maybe not the already leggy ones, but those that haven’t had time to become leggy at least might have a chance.

Here’s what I have sprouted: Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cabbage, Cayenne Pepper, Jalapeno Pepper, Yolo Wonder Pepper, Sweet Banana Pepper, Dill, Oregano, Basil, Beefsteak Tomato, Cherry Tomato, Eggplant, and Onion. It’s so exciting to come in after being asleep all night or gone all day and find what new seed has sprung from the ground!

I’m planting just a couple more broccoli and cabbage plants today. I have 3 of each sprouted, and for my garden that would be enough, but I’m thinking it might be a good idea to have a couple of extras hanging around. I decided not to.

Next weekend marks 6 weeks until last frost date, and I have quite the list of things to start! I’m starting to worry I may need another grow light and some more shelf space! I also have a couple of things to plant outside if the weather isn’t icky. {Feb 4 update: I’m actually not starting that much next weekend. Most of the list was greens to transplant outside, but due to my limited space I’m only going to sow those directly outside. I will start a tray of herbs, a tray of flowers, and a tray of tomatoes. Outside it’ll be time to plant cauliflower, cabbage, and peas.}

In case you can’t tell, I’m very excited about the garden this year.

Are you growing anything? Share it below 🙂

❤ Julia

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#GardenWithJulia 2018 – Seeds!

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#GardenWithJulia 2018 Intro

 -Starting Seeds-

Woo! It’s seed starting time! 10 weeks before frost date is the earliest seeding time on my seeds, and I have several that have that time frame. I’m closer to starting at 9 weeks before.

I ordered these seed starting trays and this grow light (Amazon got me with a lightning deal…). I bought some Jiffy starter mix (Walmart, $5) and here we go! By the way, my links aren’t affiliate, I just thought I’d share exactly what I was using.

Well, to start off, I set up the grow light in my intended place and realized it was a whole heck of a lot brighter than I thought it would be, and I became concerned about the safety of it being in the kitchen and having a six-year-old running around. Even though he listens well, I am cautious about taking the chance. So I thought, what if I can enclose it? And I took to Twitter with my concerns as well. I’ve come across the idea of containing the space with reflective insulation or mylar sheeting (basically like a grow tent), creating a cardboard barrier, or–very possibly–trying a mini greenhouse outside instead. When I brought my problem and possible solutions to my husband, and plugged the light in for him to see, he thinks it’s fine. So I’m going to stick with it and try it. For now I have some cardboard nearby containing some of the light (and hopefully heat).

These are the ones that have “start indoors 8 to 10 weeks before last frost date”:

Snowball Y Cauliflower
Utah Celery
Black Beauty Eggplant
Yellow Spanish Onion
Cayenne Pepper
Jalapeno Pepper
Sweet Banana Pepper
Yolo Wonder Pepper

Since the seed starting trays are in counts of 12, I planted 3 of each of these 8 plants.

Step-by-step, here’s what I did: filled seed trays with seed starting mix, sprayed it with water until damp, made a hole for the seeds, dropped the seeds in, and pushed soil on top of them. Then I placed the dome on top and stuck them on the shelf. Now to watch for germination!

 

-Other Gardening Things-

I’ve drawn out some potential layouts for my plants, but I still can’t decide if I want to continue using the buckets, making it easier to provide support to the plants, or if I want to invest in some fabric planters to try and maximize the interplanting potential. The fabric planters I’m considering are on my “list of possibilities.” And then, the excitable part of me thought:s4eamxv

So, if I can find a way to swing it within my budget, maybe I’ll try both the buckets and the fabric containers. And if not this year, maybe next.

I’ve remembered to join #GardenChat this year, which has been a lot of fun. Several said they’ve grown both tomatoes and corn in the same garden and seen no issues with pollination. I had read that they couldn’t be grown in proximity to each other, which was a bummer, but these chats gave me hope, and maybe I’ll find a way to plant corn this year, too.

Earlier this year, we had a problem with rats in our attic. *shudder* Part of our solution was to trim back the trees that were close to the roof. (Thankfully, trapping the ones that were inside and cutting back the trees seems to have solved our problem for now.) Now, because it’s been freezing the past two months when our lawn pickup with the city runs, we have a bunch of tree branches at the side of our house. So I’ve had the idea to pick out a few and see if I can construct trellises or trellis-holders from these branches. I’ll keep you updated on that one.

Have you grown plants from seed? How and where did you start them? Did you over-think it like I’m doing? What methods work for you?

Thanks for stopping by,

❤ Julia