It’s almost time! Time for getting those grow lights ready, potting hundreds of tiny seeds, nurturing little seedlings until it’s warm enough to plant them outside.
All because we love to eat the fruit of plants that don’t fit nicely into the confines of our Michigan growing season. Sigh. How I do love tomatoes.
Here’s what I’ll be starting in the coming days:
And in the coming weeks:
- ground cherries
As for method, I’m not sure yet how I’ll approach this year. I’ve done a mix of approaches in the past two years. I do know that I will be using my heat mat for germination, and covering with plastic to maintain a warm greenhouse temperature as they sprout. Then they’ll be uncovered and put under lights. Pot up to bigger containers by four weeks, and then maybe out into a greenhouse or cold frame. (Only so much room under the lights here.)
We are still eating canned tomatoes from last season, as well as eating potatoes that we grew. So grateful for all the work we put in last year. I know it was dubbed The Year of the Baby for a reason, and all those weeds and dead plants out there poking above the snow are testimony of how poorly we took care of the garden. Yet even amidst chaos, we reaped the benefits of having a garden.
If we can do it, you can, too! Plant something this year! Start a few peppers and tomatoes in the coming weeks, and on the first warm days in March, plot out a little garden. You will be so glad you did.
In closing, I must mention something I’m very, very, very excited about: STRAWBERRIES! We planted them last year, and if we can keep the bunnies and birds off of them long enough to harvest,we should have buckets and buckets. After that, raspberries.
Life is good. I love gardening.