Our Little Piece of Heaven


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Seed Starting Project Phase II

I began Phase II of my seed starting project this weekend! After having great luck with three day germination on some of my seeds started last weekend, I decided to continue on with my project. In my windowsill greenhouse with a small heat mat underneath it, I have also started Ferry Morse Tomato (Roma VF), Tomato (Jelly Bean Hybrid), and Tomato (Red Cherry), along with Burpee Tomato (Big Boy) and Park Seed Tomato (Choice Container VFF Hybrid) - this one was free with my Park Seed order!

I also planted Park Seed Pepper (Hot Mucho Nacho Hybrid), Broccoli (Cornado), Squash (Organic Early Summer Crookneck).

Along with the above veggie seeds, I also decided to try some flower seeds as well. With this I planted Park Seed (Mirabilis Salmon Sunset), Hosta (American Crosses), Gaillardia (Arizona Apricot), Burpee Viola (Psychedelic Spring), Park Seed Coreopsis (Tictoria Roulette) and Rudbeckia (Cappuccino).

I planted some of the seeds from my daylily plants that I collected up at the end of the summer last year. After drying these and placing them in baggies in the refrigerator over the winter, I got them out and tried my hand at planting some of those as well!

Only time will tell if my seed starting endeavors have been worth it!
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Our Little Piece of Heaven is Coming Alive!


After searching my flower beds, I found a few areas that are beginning to come alive with the promise of Spring! What a refreshing site! Its time to get out and freshen up the beds and get ready for the bit event - Gardening Season!

I hope all of you are seeing you own little signs of the promise of Spring!
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Monday, February 20, 2012


With what seems like a very "short" and "warmer than usual" winter, I am already starting to get a itchin' from the Spring Fever Bug!  I know there are still more cold days to come, but I was so excited to get started on my seed endeavor this year.  I placed my order from Burpee and Park Seed last night and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of more seeds!

After reviewing my "Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook" by Ron and Jennifer Kujawski that I started last year, I found that it was time to get some seeds started.  My weekend consisted of purchasing needed supplies (some of which I purchased on clearance at the end of the year last year) and getting my plan together. 

I prepared two "Jiffy" mini greenhouses.  In thes I planted Ferry-Morse Cauliflower (Early Snowball A), Broccoli (De Cicco), Brussel Sprouts (Catskill), Cabbage (Copenhagen Market, Early Hybrid), Burpee Cabbage (Crisp and Cool Hybrid), and Livingston Seed Co. Spinach (Bloomsdale, Long-standing).

I have prepared an area with a shop light
hanging overhead, very close to the mini greenhouses.  I have the light set on a timer to come on at 5 a.m. and go off at 9 p.m. to allow 16 hours of light for germination.  We will see how this works out!  I should have some seedlings poking through within 8 to 10 days!  Can't wait to see!

 It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain