Well, that snow just keeps on coming. Although the rest of the country is being covered in snow, we are getting just enough to be annoying. So, as I wait for the weather to turn drier and warmer, I have done what I can inside.
All of my tomatoes, green peppers (including bell, ancho and jalapeno), broccoli, herbs, cauliflower, cucumber and cantaloupe seeds are in little biodegradable pots in south facing windows. By pouring the packets of seeds onto little white plates, I was able to get exactly 3 in each pot and then I put the leftovers back in their envelopes and back in the freezer for future use.
I made seed strips this year for the first time. I will be the first person to admit that I am not a patient person. I usually start the carrot rows with good intentions, putting one teenincy seed every inch or so, but after about a foot, I start to lightly sprinkle the seeds and after about 3 feet I am scattering those darned seeds helter skelter all down the row. This method results in my having to thin out and waste carrot plants later on, as well as finding the occasional carrot in the neighboring rows, too.
So, after reading Jeanette’s comment on my post about planning this year’s garden, I started investigating how to make my own seed strips. Who knew they’d be so easy and save me from buying 5 packets of carrot seeds for a 15 foot row? Here is what you do: cut newspaper into 1 inch wide strips (make sure not to use colored newspaper, as the colors contain lead). Make up a thick paste of flour and water. Spread the paste along the strip of newspaper (which by the way is a standard 18 inches long for those of you measuring and planning). Pour your seeds onto a plate (solid colors work best here) and with tweezers, place a seed every inch or half inch down the strip of paste covered newspaper. Let dry and store until you can plant it. With this wonderfully frugal way of planting and ensuring a neat orderly row, I decided to make enough tape to do two rows on either side of the drip line we use in our AZ garden. As I wait for warmer weather, I am also making tapes for my beets and spinach.
Lastly, did you know that Starbucks gives away all of their used coffee grounds especially for gardens? They have these cute little buckets in front of their counters where they put bags of grounds for the taking. I may be the last person on earth to find out about this, but just in case, I thought I’d pass it along!