We planted our first seeds today! The seeds arrived yesterday – bush beans, carrots, lettuce, bunching onions, summer squash, zucchini, butternut squash and tomatoes. (The potatoes should arrive soon.) I knew the tomatoes needed to be planted right away since the package said to start them 6-8 weeks before the last possible frost which is mid-May for us. I also decided to start some of the bunching onions since the package said I could start them indoors or sow directly. I figure I’ll plant some both ways and see how they do.
The kids had fun watching me plant; although the Little Guy was the only one willing to get his hands dirty helping fill the ‘pots’ with dirt. Care Bear kept commenting on how dirty my hands were getting. It seemed kind of funny coming from a girl who loves playing in the sandbox. Maybe the dark color of the potting soil (so different from our sandy soil) and doing it inside threw her off. My response was that gardening involves getting dirty.
For my frugal DIY seed starter I used TP rolls cut in half inside a 5-lb plastic strawberry container. Before putting the TP rolls in, I lined the container with plastic wrap since it has holes in the bottom. I realized after we were done planting that the attached lid will not only act as a mini-greenhouse as suggested by several websites, but will also help in keeping BD from playing in the dirt.